Protected Species Assessment Workshop

NEW! Agenda is now available!

Novel methods for abundance and trends assessment and data poor bycatch estimation for protected species

NOAA Fisheries has a long tradition of holding Assessment Workshops focused on fish stock assessment.  This year, there will be a Protected Species Assessment Workshop. Protected Species refers to marine mammals, sea turtles, and protected fishes, seabirds, and corals. The workshop will be held January 17-19, 2017 at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4, Seattle, Washington 98115.

Assessments represent the core science products used to inform protected species management decisions. Significant advances in assessment are being made by each NOAA Fisheries Science Center, and sharing information in small sessions will improve our collective ability to adapt and adopt new approaches. We specifically seek abstracts that address the following two themes:

  1. Use of novel methods to assess abundance and trends. New technologies (e.g. unmanned systems, paired EO/IR imaging systems, telemetry) and new analytic approaches (Bayesian approaches, state-space modeling, non-parametric time series analysis, spatial models, etc.) are being used to collect the information needed for assessment reports. Subgroups may be identified depending on abstract submissions. (1.5 days; may separate into sub-groups depending on abstract submissions)
  2. Novel Methods to deal with poor data quality in bycatch estimation. Assessments require estimates of bycatch. In many cases, quantitative estimates of bycatch are quite poor for some or all of the various sources of bycatch. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to hear about advances being made in various Centers to address the issue of poor data quality and understand whether new methods might be applied to local bycatch estimation problems. (0.5 days)

The Workshop will include plenary presentations, group discussions, a poster session, and plenty of opportunities to meet up with your colleagues. Continue to check the website for updates to the workshop agenda.

Abstract submission: If you are interested in providing an oral and/or poster presentation, please submit your abstract(s) via this google form by September 30. Before accessing the form, please prepare a short title, list of authors and affiliations, preference for speed talk, oral or poster presentation, and a descriptive abstract that is no more than 250 words long. Abstracts should clearly state how the presentation addresses the chosen theme. We expect some presentations may become short format papers to be published together in the Proceedings from this workshop.

Registration: All who are interested should register your attendance via this google form. If you are a federal employee interested in attending, whether you are submitting an abstract or not, please indicate your interest via this registration google form so that your name will be on the list for group travel by September 30.

Accommodations: Please consider booking a room under the government block at the Silver Cloud, 5036 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Phone number: (206) 526-5200 and use code "National Protected Species Workshop" to get our workshop rate. The deadline to book under this rate is December 16.

Group travel: The NOAA Federal group travel request for this meeting will be submitted by F/ST after abstracts are selected. Limited travel support for 2-3 participants per science center will be available from the Office of Science and Technology.

Logistics: Please check this page often for updates on workshop logistics including agenda and speakers.

Steering Committee: If you have questions, please contact Laura Ferguson ( or your local Steering Committee member:

  • Laura Ferguson, Lead coordinator, Office of Science and Technology
  • Sean Hayes, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Co-Chair)
  • Erin Oleson, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (Co-Chair)
  • Jeanette Davis, Office of Science and Technology
  • Robyn Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
  • Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Eli Holmes, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Eric Ward, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • John Kocik, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Keith Mullin, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Mridula Srinivasan, Office of Science and Technology
  • Stephen K. Brown, Office of Science and Technology