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  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop
  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop
  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop
  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop
  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop
  • National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop


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National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop

The Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization in 2006 established a requirement for Annual Catch Limits (ACL) in all fisheries to prevent overfishing.  This requirement increases the need for timely and accurate scientific products, particularly catch monitoring and fish stock assessments.  NMFS conducted a national ACL Science Workshop on February 15-17, 2011 in Silver Spring, MD. The participants include regional Fishery Management Councils representatives, NOAA Fisheries staff, and nationally recognized fishery experts.

The workshop served as a national dialogue on the status of the scientific enterprise that supports implementation of ACLs. National workshops of the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the Fishery Management Councils have been held in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and focused on how to implement ACLs. This science workshop in 2011 continued this active dialog between NOAA Fisheries and the SSCs and focused on the future science needed to implement ACLs better. The specific topics addressed during the workshop were:

  • Assessment data needs
  • Fishery monitoring
  • Data-limited approaches
  • Cooperative research
  • Quantifying Uncertainty in ABC Forecasts
  • Including Economics in Risk Analysis and Optimum Yield
  • Linkage to Ecosystem and Habitat
  • Assessment Tempo and Review

The workshop’s keynote presentation was delivered by Eric Schwaab, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator. “Together with the fishery management councils and fishermen around the country, we have taken great strides to end overfishing for all federally managed species in our country, In order to maintain our progress in the important work of rebuilding stocks and sustaining fisheries, we must continue to improve the science that forms the foundation for these efforts.”

Concluding remarks were delivered by Doug DeMaster, acting Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries, “We are making much progress in staying the course with fishery management in our country, and we can sustain this progress through a strong science program, including the use of new technologies and techniques, so that everyone will benefit through healthier fish populations.”

Here at this website, you can find

  • Press release from the workshop;
  • Photos from the workshop
  • Slides from presentations by NOAA and invited participants
  • Report of the workshop (under construction)

For further information, contact Dr. Richard Methot, Richard.Methot@noaa.gov.
(206) 860-3365; (301) 787-0241


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