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NOAA FISHERIES: Office of Science and Technology

National Stock Assessment Workshops

NOAA Fisheries held the 9th National Stock Assessment Workshop“Quantifying Scientific Advice for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management” in San Francisco on April 18-20, 2006. Eighty-six scientists from the NOAA Fisheries’ Science Centers, the Office of Science & Technology, and several universities met to discuss methods for assessing the status of fish stocks and for using these results to provide scientific guidance for fishery management. These internal workshops have been held every 1-3 years since 1991 to increase the standardization of NOAA’s fishery assessment methods nationally and to advance the state-of-the-science. The sessions of the 9th meeting covered the four major aspects of stock assessment investigations: (1) statistical analysis of survey and fishery data; (2) advancements in the models used to synthesize the data into stock status information; (3) improvements in converting model results into management evaluations; and (4) expansion of models to include ecosystem and environmental information. A joint session with the Economics and Social Science Workshop was also held addressing bioeconomics during the San Francisco meeting.

11 Characterization of Scientific Uncertainty in Assessments to Improve Determination of Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs) (joint with the National Habitat Assessment Workshop) Southeast Fisheries Science Center,
St. Petersburg, FL
17-20 May 2010
10 Improving Integrated Surveys and Stock Assessments (joint with the National Economic and Social Science Workshop) Alaska Fisheries Science Center,
Port Townsend, WA
6-8 May 2008
9 Quantifying Scientific Advice for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, San Francisco CA 18-20 April 2006
8 Quantifying Scientific Advice for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Newport, RI 2-4 March 2004
7 (Re)building Sustainable Fisheries and Ecosystems Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA 11-13 December 2001
6 Incorporating Ecosystem Considerations into Stock Assessments and Management Advice Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA 28-30 March 2000
5 Providing Scientific Advice to Implement the Precautionary Approach Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Key Largo FL 24-26 February 1998
4 Spatial Patterns: Survey Design, Geographic Analysis, and Migration Models Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA 10-12 August 1994
3 Bycatch and Discard Mortality: Sampling, Estimation and Implications for Scientific Advice Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole MA 20-22 July 1993
2 Defining Overfishing -- Defining Stock Rebuilding Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla CA 31 March - 2 April 1992
1 Determination of Allowable Biological Catches Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami FL 19-22 March 1991