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The objective for these reviews is to review and evaluate the Center’s current scientific fishery-dependent and fishery-independent data as it relates to fishery stock assessments conducted pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act:

  • NOAA ship-based surveys
  • Cooperative research surveys
  • Logbook and observer data
  • Data management and quality control

Reviewers will provide advice to the Center on the direction and quality of these data collection and management programs

Using as context, two-three or more typical and important stock assessments conducted by the Center, reviewers should address:

  • To what extent do fishery independent survey data quality, statistical precision, and timeliness issues impact overall assessment accuracy, precision and timeliness?
  • What are the major fishery independent survey successes and how should they be supported?
  • What are the major fishery independent survey limitations/weaknesses and how could they be resolved? Define potential improvements and priorities for recommended improvements.
  • To what extent do fishery dependent data quality, statistical precision, and timeliness issues impact overall assessment accuracy, precision and timeliness?
  • What are the major fishery dependent data sources successes and how should they be supported?
  • What are the major fishery dependent data limitations/weaknesses and how could they be resolved? Define potential improvements and priorities for recommended improvements.
  • What recommendations do you have for prioritizing fishery-independent and fishery-dependent data collection improvements?
  • To what extent are fishery independent and fishery dependent data readily accessible to Center stock assessment scientists and to various external researchers who may wish to replicate NMFS stock assessments?
  • Identify the highest priority needs for improving fishery dependent and fishery independent data. Define potential improvements.

Overarching Questions for Reviewers

  • Relationship of current and planned fishery assessment data activities to Center fishery assessments mandates and requirements – is the Center doing the right things?
  • Opportunities – are there opportunities that the Center should be pursuing in collecting and compiling fishery assessment data, including shared approaches with partners?
  • Scientific/technical approach – are the Center’s fishery data objectives adequate, and is the Center using the best suite of techniques and approaches to meet those objectives?
  • Organization and priorities – is the Center’s fishery data system properly organized to meet its mandates and is the allocation of resources among program appropriate?
  • Scientific conduct – are the Center’s fishery data programs being conducted properly (survey design, standardization, integrity, peer review, transparency, confidentiality, PII, etc.)?

 








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