Review of Sea Scallop Survey Methodologies and Their Integration
for Stock Assessment and Fishery Management

March 17-19, New Bedford, MA

Information will be posted as it becomes available

Meeting Details and Webinar Instructions

  • Meeting: The public is invited to listen in to NEFSC Scallop Survey Methods Peer Review March 17-19, 2015. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Waypoint Event Center at the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, New Bedford, MA
  • Location: For further information about the venue, go to the Marriott website
  • Click here to make an online hotel room reservation at the hotel where the meeting is being held. This special rate offer ends on 3/6.
  • Draft Meeting Agenda (posted 3/9/2015)
  • Terms of Reference (posted 3/9/2015)
  • New and Background Files (posted 3/9/2015)
  • Webinar Registration: For online access to the meeting, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/670861886477183490
  • The webinar will be activated beginning at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately 6:00 p.m. EST each day.
  • Charges for Listening: There are no charges if you access the webinar via your computer. If dialing in, your normal phone charges will apply.
  • Dial in number: Toll: +1 (646) 307-1717
  • Access Code: 587-635-354

On April 20, 2012, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to task its Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) “to (1) review the sea scallop HabCam survey technology and methods to determine if the HabCam is appropriate at this time for performing annual sea scallop surveys; (2) review how HabCam results will be integrated into sea scallop assessments for determining biomass and fishing mortality, and determine the impacts of reduced survey coverage from current dredge and SMAST video surveys.” Further discussions broadened the scope of this task to examine all of the primary survey methods for assessing sea scallop abundance. Methods include scallop dredge surveys conducted from research vessels, scallop dredge surveys conducted on commercial vessels, the drop camera survey, and the HabCam system. The objectives of this broadened scope are to assess the strong and weak points of each sampling approach, and identify the complementary facets of each survey methodology and opportunities for each method as part of the scallop survey sampling program going forward.

The purpose of this meeting will be to provide an external peer review of survey methodologies currently being used which provide data for sea scallop stock assessments and related fishery management models.

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