NOAA Fisheries Science Program Review
Sound science is critical for making the right decisions when it comes to managing our nation’s fisheries and protected species. To maintain our world-class science, NOAA Fisheries continually strives to advance the science that informs fisheries and protected resources management. In January 2013, as part of our ongoing improvement efforts, we begin a systematic peer review process at all six of our regional science centers and our headquarters Office of Science and Technology. Experts from within and outside the agency will carefully examine our science programs on a 5-year peer review cycle to improve integration, identify best practices, and share successes and challenges within our science enterprise. The review process will include opportunities for public involvement, which will be part of our broader dialog with fishery management councils, fishing industry, and other stakeholders.
Data collection & management
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The objective for the 2013 reviews was to review and evaluate the Center’s current scientific fishery-dependent and fishery-independent data as it relates to fishery stock assessments conducted pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (2006). The review included examination of NOAA ship-based surveys, cooperative research surveys, logbook and observer data, and data management and quality control. For more details, links to reviewer reports and agency responses, see the 2013 program review page.
Stock assessment programs
(2014, in progress)
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(2014, in progress)
The objective for the 2014 review is to examine and evaluate each Center’s fishery stock assessment program that is conducted pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (2006) and comparable international agreements. Stock assessments are demographic analyses designed to provide particular scientific advice to living resource managers. Fishery, survey and biological data for stock assessments were reviewed in 2013. In 2014, the review focus shifts to the overall program of assessment modeling, approach, review process and communication. For more details see the 2014 Terms of Reference.
Protected resource science
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This is a planned review for year 2015.
Ecosystem & climate science
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This is a planned review for year 2016.
Economics & social science
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This is a planned review for year 2017..
2014 Stock Assessment Process Reviews
Alaska Fisheries Science Center. March 24-28. Seattle, WA.
Northeast Fisheries Science Center. May 19-23. Woods Hole, MA.
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. May 19-23. Honolulu, HI.
Northwest Fisheries Science Center. June 9-13. Seattle, WA.
Southeast Fisheries Science Center. July 8-11. Miami, FL.
Southwest Fisheries Science Center. July 28-31. La Jolla, CA.
Office of Science and Technology. September 2014. Silver Spring, MD.