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Marine Fisheries Stock Assessment Improvement Plan

The Marine Fisheries Stock Assessment Improvement Plan (SAIP) is the report of the NOAA Fisheries National Task Force for Improving Fish Stock Assessments. This report is the latest of a series of plans for enhancing and modernizing NOAA Fisheries programs for data collection, information technology, data management, stock assessments, scientific research, and fisheries management. The report includes specific recommendations for improving the quality of NOAA Fisheries' stock assessment programs and emphasizes the need for the agency to foster partnerships and cooperative research programs with other federal agencies, state agencies, private foundations, universities, commercial and recreational fishing organizations and individuals, environmental groups, and others with a vested interest in collecting similar types of data.

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Microsoft Word document (4.6 MB)
PDF Individual sections
Cover, Table of Contents, Preface Executive Summary Introduction
Defining NMFS' Stock Assessment Mandate Assessment and Management Strategy Evaluation Needs
Resource Requirements Recommendations References
Acronyms Appendix 1 Appendices 2 - 25
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