Groundfish Science & Stock Status: Reports and Peer Reviews

Reports


Amendment 13 Groundfish Science Review

February 2003

Development of Amendment 13 required substantial updates and revisions to methods for estimating population status and dynamics, and to our understanding of the statutory requirements for stock rebuilding and ending overfishing. During the development of this information, the NEFSC also discovered that the research trawl gear used aboard the NOAA R/V Albatross IV was not properly rigged over several survey cruises. This raised questions about whether data from these surveys could to be incorporated into the overall assessment or the plan. The Center conducted a series of assessment methods updates, benchmark stock assessments, and an analysis of the utility of survey data collected with the improperly rigged trawl gear. Then, an external peer review panel was convened to evaluate the results.

Documentation of what was reviewed and the reviewer reports are posted below.

Publications

  • Final Report of the Working Group on Re-Evaluation of Biological Reference Points for New England Groundfish
  • Report of the Workshop on Trawl Warp Effects on Fishing Gear Performance
  • Assessment of 20 Northeast Groundfish Stocks through 2001 - A Report of the Groundfish Assessment Review Meeting (GARM)
  • Results of the Survey Trawl Experimental Cruises
  • Draft -- The 36th Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) Advisory Report on Stock Status



Review of Amendment 13 A13 DEIS Economic and Socioeconomic Sections

January 2004

When the draft EIS (DEIS) for Amendment 13 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (the groundfish plan) was made available, there were many questions about its conclusions regarding short-run and long-run effects of contemplated actions both overall, and on various fishing communities.

NOAA Fisheries Service agreed with those who called for additional steps to ensure that these analyses are adequate and robust. Thus, an additional peer review of these sections in the draft document has been arranged. For more on this, see William Hogarth's testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (October 22, 2003), particularly the section entitled "Economic Impacts of the Amendment 13 Options." (See "Other Relevant Documents," below.)

To complete the external review as quickly and thoroughly as possible, NOAA Fisheries Service developed terms of reference and a list of qualified professionals who were not involved in development or evaluation of the Amendment, and selected three independent reviewers who will finished their work in January 2004.

Documentation of what was reviewed and the reviewer reports are posted below.

Reviewer Reports

Prof. Susan Hanna
Mr. Marcus Hartley
Prof. Linda Lucas

Final Agenda (PDF file)

Reviewers (PDF file)

Terms of Reference (PDF file)

Other Relevant Documents

Testimony
NOAA Fisheries' Director William Hogarth's testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard , October 22, 2003 (particularly the section entitled "Economic Impacts of the Amendment 13 Options")
http://www.senate.gov/~commerce/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=969&wit_id=2738

Standards

  • Regulatory Flexibility Act
  • Paperwork Reduction Act
  • Administrative Procedures Act

All can be accessed here:
http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/public_laws/acts.html

Other Documents
Final Amendment 13

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