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 past program review page.
Stock assessment programs
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Stock assessments are demographic analyses designed to provide particular scientific advice to living resource managers. The 2014 review objective was to examine and evaluate fishery stock assessment programs conducted pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (2006) and comparable international agreements. The 2014 focus on the overall program of assessment modeling, approach, review process and communication complemented the 2013 data reviews. Reviewer reports and agency responses will post on the past program review page.
Protected species science
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The objective for the protected species science reviews is to evaluate the current scientific programs that are directed to provide information relative to the conservation and management of marine mammals, endangered or threatened wildlife, and species of concern under NOAA Fisheries jurisdiction. In addition, these reviews will assess the extent to which current science programs are focused on the highest information needs identified by NOAA Fisheries managers. For more information please see the terms of reference.
Ecosystem & climate science
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The objective for these reviews is to evaluate the current scientific programs of the Centers/ST that are directed to provide information relative to the management, protection and restoration of resilient and productive ecosystems. Here we define ecosystem-related science programs as those elucidating ecological, oceanographic, climate and habitat-related processes as they are linked to living marine resource (LMR) species.
Economics & Human Dimensions
(2017, In progress)
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The NMFS Economics & Human Dimensions Science Program conducts research and provides science advice that can be used to evaluate the consequences of management actions and to design policy that maximizes societal benefits from ocean and coastal ecosystems. Within this context, NMFS conducts economics and sociocultural research on commercial and recreational fisheries and fishing communities to provide information on the potential effects of fishery management options on people.
2017 Economics and Human Dimensions Science Program Reviews
Terms of Reference (Oct 26, 2016)
2017 Program Review Schedule
All program reviews will occur during the week listed. Actual dates will be updated as they are finalized.
Links to Science Center webpages will be updated when the sites go live.
Alaska Fisheries Science Center. July 17-21, Seattle, WA.
Southwest Fisheries Science Center. July 24-28, Santa Cruz, CA.
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. July 31 - August 4, Honolulu, HI.
Northwest Fisheries Science Center. August 7-11, Seattle, WA.
2017 Terms of Reference (Oct 26, 2016)
National Response to Protected Species Science Reviews Released (June 13, 2016)
2016 Terms of Reference (Oct 5, 2015)
2015 Reports and Responses (Oct 5, 2015)