PIFSC FY 2014 Milestones

  Milestone Title Description
Director's Office
  Directorate
      Provide Scientific Advice to the U.S. Delegation to the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) Coordinate PIFSC and SWFSC (Southwest Fisheries Science Center) input into Regional Fishery Management Organization (RFMO) science bodies and represent NOAA Fisheries science at the Northern Committee in Japan.
      Prepare PIFSC Organizational and Staffing Plan for FY14 Prepare a draft of the PIFSC organization and staffing plan for FY14 and beyond, taking into account the current and outyear fiscal environments, program requirements and priorities, anticipated staff attrition, and long term vision for the PIFSC.
  Socioeconomics Group
      Prepare PIFSC Science Implementation Plan Complete draft of PIFSC Implementation Plan by integrating the PIFSC 2013 Science Plan with program-specific activities and relating those to FY14 budget formulation. Once reviewed by leadership, the Implementation Plan will be posted on the Intranet.
    Economics Program
      Complete a Draft Report on Hawaii Longline Cost-Earnings Based on 2012 Operating Year Analyze data obtained from cost-earnings survey administered in 2013 to estimate annual average fixed and variable costs, gross revenues, and net revenues in the Hawaii longline fishery. Prepare draft Administrative Report documenting methodology and results and submit for review.
      Complete Draft of American Samoa Cost-Earnings Administrative Report Prepare draft Administrative Report analyzing results from the cost-earnings survey for the American Samoa longline fishery 2009 fishing year and submit for review.
      Prepare Updated Tier 1 Economic Performance Measures for Pacific Islands Fisheries Incorporate 2013 data into the existing time-series index of economic performance for three Pacific Islands Region fisheries, and incorporate a new metric (Gini coefficient) into the index The three fisheries included in this reporting are: 1) Hawaii longline fishery; 2) American Samoa longline fishery; and 3) Hawaii Deep 7 bottomfish fishery.
      Develop Methodology and Survey Instrument for Cost-Earnings Study on the Hawaii Pelagic Small Boats Launch the cost-earnings study of the Hawaii small boat pelagic fishery. Specific tasks include: 1) design sampling protocols and survey instrument; 2) complete and submit OMB Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) documentation; 3) design a database for data entry; and 4) initiate administration of the survey (assuming PRA paperwork approved).
      Complete Productivity Measurement for the Hawaii Longline Fishery Estimate measure of productivity (Lowe index or Malmquist index) over time for the Hawaii longline fleet. Activities include developing a methodology for the estimation, obtaining the required data from other PIFSC Divisions, and using those data to estimate the index.
      Prepare Internal Report Documenting Integrated HI Longline Earnings Database Prepare internal data report to document a database that integrates logbook, trip cost, and revenue data for the Hawaii longline fishery. Specific activities include: 1) fully incorporate data years 2002-2013 into the database; 2) run pre-designed queries to generate monthly and annual reports of net revenue fleet-wide, by target, and by vessel size; and 3) draft the internal report, including documenting the process and code underlying the database and providing sample reporting module output.
    Human Dimensions Research Program
      Prepare Draft Administrative Report on Guam Fishing Community Profile Update Analyze data obtained from related reports and discussions with stakeholders in Guam to supplement the Fishing Community Profile with recent secondary data and descriptions of topics identified in the original profile for monitoring over time. Prepare draft Administrative Report documenting results.
      Conduct Workshop in Saipan on Integrating Fishermen's Knowledge into Establishment of Annual Catch Limits ACL - Host workshop with fishermen and managers in Saipan in coordination with Council staff member Marlowe Sabater to identify methods to integrate fishermen's knowledge into setting of Annual Catch Limits.
      Prepare Draft Administrative Report on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Management of and Environmental Conditions at Coral Reef Priority Site at South Kohala Analyze data obtained from knowledge, attitudes, perceptions survey of South Kohala resource users and supplement with feedback from managers and local community members. Prepare draft administrative report documenting results.
      Prepare Draft Administrative Report on Development of Social Indicators of Fishing Community Vulnerability and Resilience in the Pacific Islands Region Analyze secondary quantitative data collected from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey and other sources to create social indices and compare relative vulnerability of fishing communities in Hawaii. Prepare draft Administrative Report documenting methodology and results.
      Conduct Stakeholder Interviews to Evaluate Fishing Community Participation in Fisheries Management Conduct semi-structured interviews with members of a variety of stakeholder groups in Guam regarding their participation in federal fisheries management processes and what influences the manner in which and extent to which they participate in those processes. Administrative Report development will follow in FY2015.
      Prepare Draft Administrative Report on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Management of and Environmental Conditions at Coral Reef Priority Site at West Maui Analyze data obtained from knowledge, attitudes, perceptions survey of West Maui resource users and supplement with feedback from managers and local community members. Prepare draft administrative report documenting results.
      Prepare Draft Administrative Report on Validation of Social Indicators of Vulnerability in Selected Hawaii Communities Analyze data collected from semi-structured interviews with community representatives to validate comparison of relative vulnerability of community subdivisions in Hawaii using social indices. Prepare draft Administrative Report documenting methodology and results.
  Scientific Operations Office
      Restructure Biotech and Boating Safety Programs within SciOps Reorganize the Science Operations bio-tech and boating safety programs, which are both supervised by the same PIFSC scientist yet currently operate independently of each other. The reorganization will enhance staff overlap in duties to compensate for the fact that staff of both programs spend extensive days at sea. Such overlap will ensure maintenance of administrative and operational tasks and enhance efficiency of mobilization/de-mobilization of missions. This restructure will be documented in an SOP.
      Conduct Workshop on Research Needs for the Deep Sea and Vents of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Organize and conduct workshop to elicit stakeholder input about research needs for deep sea and vent resources in the Marinas Trench Marine National Monument. Tasks include preparing and submitting a supplemental meeting/activity application, organizing discussion topics, notifying interested participants, and facilitating the meeting.
      Migrate PIFSC NEPA and Permits Database to Oracle and Train Staff on Use Convert and migrate the Access 2007 NEPA and permits to an Oracle application to enable broader staff access. Provide at least one training for general staff and one training targeted at staff likely to use the database.
      Relocate to New Guam Field Office/Laboratory Relocate from the current Guam Field Office space into the new Field Office. Tasks include designing the new PIFSC Guam Laboratory to the specs necessary for processing and storing fish and processing and analyzing otoliths; installing/setting up new lab benches, sink, and other laboratory equipment into the new lab; and moving staff and equipment.
      Prepare Manuscript on Effect of Net-Use Restrictions on Fisheries Resources in Saipan Lagoon Prepare manuscript evaluating the effect of net-use restrictions on fisheries resources in Saipan Lagoon and submit for review. Analyze abundance and biomass of commercial reef fish from belt transect and stationary point count surveys of Saipan Lagoon administered after CNMI net-use restrictions were implemented in December 2003, and provide recommendations for future surveys.
      Complete Draft Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Action Plan Prepare draft Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Action Plan, derived from the results of the May 2013 Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Science Workshop report, and submit for review. The Plan will identify science priorities, research partners, resources required, timeframe for implementation, and other implementation metrics.
      Prepare PIFSC Science Outreach Materials for American Samoa Draft outreach materials related to PIFSC efforts in American Samoa and facilitate review by local experts. Materials may include fact sheets, pamphlets and website content, and will be translated into Samoan. Topics may include the FY15 American Samoa cruise, NMFS/NOAA mandates, coral reef ecosystem monitoring, benthic mapping, and turtle and cetacean studies.
      Create a Lifecycle Plan for the PIFSC Boat Fleet Develop criteria to assess the physical condition of the PIFSC boats to determine their operational life cycle and identify timeframes for maintenance, repairs, and replacement of assets. Prepare guidance for vessel operations coordinators to evaluate the operational life of their boats.
  Scientific Information Services
      Implement PIFSC Online Manuscript Tracking System Extending work accomplished in FY 2012 with Open Journal Systems software, customize, test, and launch an online tracking system for PIFSC internal processing of manuscripts and technical reports. This milestone was originally planned for completion in FY13.
      Create Data Catalog for WPacFIN Fishery-Dependent Data Expand the Drupal-based PIFSC online Fisheries Data Catalog by incorporating detailed metadata on WPacFIN data collections in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and CNMI. The metadata include survey protocols, data collection forms, reference codes, and other metadata needed for proper use of the survey statistics and biosampling data in catch monitoring and stock assessment.
      Establish Content Management System for PIFSC Website Evaluate, select and install a content management system to enable efficient, timely creation and updating of PIFSC website contents by authorized PIFSC staff.
      Publish Interactive Visualizations of Marine Resource Data on PIFSC Website Create and publish on the PIFSC website interactive visualizations (tables, graphs, maps) of official non-confidential summary data for federally-managed Hawaii fisheries and monitored marine resources.
      Create Accessible Collection of Historical Reprints of PIFSC Publications Migrate metadata for the PIFSC library's reprint collection from ProCite to a new database that enables online search and retrieval of historical PIFSC scientific reprints.
Operations Management and Information Division
  Administrative
    Administrative Services
      Complete Move-Out of PIFSC from Kewalo, Aiea, Dole St., and Kapiolani Facilities Implement PIFSC transition out of Kewalo, Aiea, and Kapiolani facilities by completing excess of personal property and executing other required contractual actions to comply with lease termination requirements. Support Dole Street transition by executing required contractual action to comply with NOAA real property guidance and facilitating and documenting the transaction.
      Manage Relocation of PIFSC to Inouye Regional Center (IRC) at Ford Island Complete move of staff to Inouye Regional Center, equipping them with the necessary information and tools needed to relocate and operate efficiently and within the established protocols of that campus. Establish and implement concept of operations for use of shared space (labs, seawater systems) and collaboration with NOAA and external partners.
  Information Technology Services
      Migrate PIFSC Oracle System to New Hardware at Inouye Regional Center Complete migration of existing Oracle database system to new system hardware at Inouye Regional Center, including standing up a new server system at IRC, and then transitioning all the information from all Oracle servers (Test, R&D, and Production) to this new system.
      Transition PIFSC Information Technology Resources from Field Offices to Inouye Regional Center Complete move of information technology resources to the Inouye Regional Center, including the installation and connection of these resources followed by a testing, troubleshooting, and resolution phases before occupancy, in order to complete move with minimal disruption to staff.
      Complete Testing of Thin Clients with Virtual Machines Implement VMWare Horizon View and complete testing of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure using Thin Clients. This technology enables PIFSC to minimize need for personal computers, thereby supporting duplicate device reduction.
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
  EOD Office of the Division Chief
      Convene PICES Workshop on Comparisons Between Size-Based and Species-Based Ecosystem Models Convene a workshop at the PICES annual meeting in Canada in October 2013 addressing comparisons between size-based and species-based ecosystem models. Identify and invite leading researchers in the area of ecosystem models and their applications to present research results, chair the workshop, and draft a synthesis of the results.
  Insular Ecosystems Program
      Complete Manuscript on Movements and Habitats of Juvenile Loggerhead Turtles in the South Pacific Conduct data analysis of loggerhead turtle movements collected from electronic tags together with oceanographic variables from models, drifter buoys, and satellite data to describe the movements and habitat of loggerhead turtles relative to their environment. Prepare manuscript on findings and submit for review.
      Complete Manuscript on Use of Acoustic Surveys to Estimate Bottomfish Biomass Complete a manuscript analyzing active acoustic data collected from the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette to estimate the biomass of deepwater snappers off a portion of the coast of Maui and submit for review. This milestone is carried over from work begun in FY12.
  Pelagic Ecosystems and Oceanography Program
      Complete Manuscript Comparing Two North Pacific Ecosystem Models Compare analytically the results from the applications of an Ecopath/Ecosim model and a sized-based model under fishing and climate scenarios, and submit for review.
Protected Species Division
  PSD Office of the Division Chief
      Conduct Workshop on Research Priorities for Deep Sea Coral and Sponge in the Pacific Islands Region and Draft Workshop Report Conduct workshop to identify the Pacific Island Region’s research priorities regarding deep-sea corals and sponges, and write a report recommending actions to address those needs. A steering committee with representation from OAR, NOS, and NMFS will develop the workshop plan and key scientists conducting deep-sea coral research in the Region will be invited.
  Turtle Research Program (Was Marine Turtle Research Program)
      Complete Analysis of Sea Turtle Population Impacts of Proposed Hawaii Longline Management Fishery Actions Complete draft analysis of impacts to sea turtle populations associated with a 3-year Proposed Action and Incidental Take Statement for the Hawaii-based deep-set longline fishery and submit to Pacific Islands Regional Office. The analysis will develop quantitative rules for determining when impacts are so low that they do not warrant detailed quantitative population viability analysis (PVA) or other assessment modeling.
      Prepare Manuscript on Demographic Variables for Hawaiian Green Turtles Prepare manuscript that organizes, summarizes, updates, and/or calculates essential demographic variables for the Hawaiian population of green turtles, and submit for review. These data are imperative for understanding long-term population dynamics, and are a central feature of quantitative extinction risk assessments to support the ongoing Status Review for green turtles.
      Conduct Sea Turtle Nesting Surveys and In-Water Research at Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, American Samoa Conduct nesting surveys to identify both the phenology and abundance of sea turtle females annually visiting the Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in American Samoa. Researchers also will attach biotelemetry devices to adults and foraging juveniles to further our understanding of the spatial structure of green and hawksbill turtle populations in this area.
      Conduct Workshop on Sea Turtle Health Assessment and Foraging Ecology Conduct a workshop with researchers at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) to explore collaborations on sea turtle health assessment and foraging ecology research.
      Conduct In-Water Sea Turtle Research and Deploy Satellite Tags on Sea Turtles in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Deploy 10 GPS transmitters and additional Argos tags on sea turtles in Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and potentially use those tag data to begin to develop maps and models of high use habitat areas.
  Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
      Complete 2013 Hawaiian Monk Seal Stock Assessment Analysis and Report NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Analyze monk seal population data to update stock status, abundance, current population trend, and human-caused mortality, incorporate into annual Stock Assessment Report, and present the report to the Pacific Scientific Review Group.
      Relocate Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program from Kewalo Research Facility to Ford Island Facility Relocate the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program's (HMSRP's) vet lab and logistics program to Building 130 at Ford Island. This move will involve logistics and health and disease personnel, all field camp gear and supplies, the health and disease program and lab, and all ultra freezers and specimens. This milestone is a holdover from FY13 and was delayed due to changes in the move date to IRC.
      Conduct Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Monk Seal Field Camp Training and Deployments Deploy Hawaiian monk seal field research camps. Conduct training on data collection protocols, health and disease monitoring, small boat operations, equipment use, and safety. Data to be collected include the number of pups born, number that survive to weaning, number marked, number of older animals identified, inter-atoll movements documented, causes of mortality, etc.
      Complete FY2014 Monk Seal Crittercam Deployment Deploy 6 National Geographic Crittercams in the main Hawaiian Islands, specifically on seals on Molokai, Oahu and Kauai, to understand seal foraging behavior and fishing interactions. The project will also involve at least 6 public meetings to share information and learn about fisheries issues.
      Complete Vaccination Plan for Hawaiian Monk Seals and Undertake Vaccination Drill Develop vaccination plan for Hawaiian monk seals including protocols for handling, quarantine, treatment, post-treatment monitoring, communications, media outreach, etc. Hold at least one tabletop mock vaccination response with partners. The objectives of this project are to protect the endangered monk seal from catastrophic disease outbreak and ensure that NOAA and partners can effectively execute an emergency response.
  Cetacean Research Program
      Complete Summary Report on Marianas Cetacean Surveys Prepare report synthesizing cetacean data collection efforts in the Marianas Archipelago and submit for review. The report will include findings from pre-2010 survey efforts in the region, a synopsis of the PIFSC survey effort since 2010, and initial assessment of animal movements based on the photo-ID catalog and satellite tag movements.
      Deploy Acoustic Monitors in the Hawaii Longline Fleet Deploy single acoustic recorders on Hawaii longline vessels to enable analysis of how different techniques, gear setups, and vessel sounds may be affecting the behavior of cetaceans, and false killer whales in particular, around longline fishing vessels. This effort will involve working with the PIRO Observer Program to train observers and to obtain captains' permission for the deployments.
      Update the Stock Assessment Report for the Hawaii Stock Complex of False Killer Whales NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Update for 2014 the Stock Assessment Report for main Hawaiian Islands and Hawaii pelagic stocks of false killer whale and submit for review.
      Prepare Manuscript on Population Range and Movements of Pilot Whales in the Marianas Archipelago Prepare manuscript summarizing population range and movements of pilot whales in the Marianas Archipelago based on photo identification and satellite tag studies and submit for review.
      Prepare Report on Development of a Tetrahedral Hydrophone Array for Cetacean Surveys Prepare report detailing the final array design, performance characteristics, localization capabilities relative to current technology, and the initial performance assessment of a tetrahedral hydrophone array capable of being towed behind a NOAA ship at cetacean survey speed (10 kts), and submit for review.
      Prepare Report on Baleen Whale Occurrence within CNMI High-Frequency Acoustic Recording Package Datasets Prepare report on the presence and seasonal occurrence of detected baleen whales within the datasets from two High-Frequency Acoustic Recording Packages within the Marianas Archipelago and submit for review.
Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
  Oceanography and Water Quality Program
      Complete a Manuscript, "Quantifying Spatial Variability in Aragonite Saturation State for Pacific Island Reef Ecosystems" Complete a manuscript that reports baseline nearshore carbonate chemistry values across the U.S-affiliated Pacific island coral reef ecosystems and assesses implications of those values in the context of future ocean acidification, and submit for review. These baseline observations will serve as the primary basis for monitoring and detecting changes over time of carbonate chemistry (i.e., ocean acidification) in shallow water (<30 m) coral reef systems that have been predicted to experience significant reductions in calcification rates and growth of reef-building corals and other calcifiers. This milestone was originally scheduled for completion in FY13.
  Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis Program
      Prepare Report on Reef Fish Status in the Main Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and Pacific Remote Island Areas Prepare report on reef fish status based on stratified random design reef fish survey data from the main Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and Pacific Remote Island Areas Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program 2012, and submit for review.
      Complete a Manuscript, "Baseline Assessment of Net Calcium Carbonate Accretion Rates for U.S. Pacific Reefs" Complete a manuscript that contrasts net calcium carbonate accretion rates for corals and benthic community composition for American Samoa and Pacific Remote Island Areas, and submit for review. This milestone was originally scheduled for completion in FY13.
      Complete a Manuscript Describing Coral Disease Dynamics on U.S. Pacific Islands and Atolls Complete a manuscript assessing and comparing levels of coral disease across U.S. jurisdictions, based on Pacific Rapid Ecological Assessment data collected between 2006 and 2012, and submit for review. This milestone was originally scheduled for completion in FY13.
      Publish On-Line an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Curriculum for the Coral Triangle and Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem regions. Finalize development of an on-line "Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management" training of trainers curriculum for Coral Triangle and Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BoBLME) coral reef managers and institutions. Activities include performing a second pilot training of the curricula in the region, making final changes as a result of lessons learned during the pilot, publishing the curricula, disseminating the curricula to a variety of stakeholders and governing bodies within the Coral Triangle and BoBLME, and posting the final curricula on-line to enable broad dissemination. This milestone was originally scheduled for completion in FY13, but because NOAA joined BoBLME and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in development of a stronger, more credible curricula, further steps were needed for completion.
      Prepare Report on Coral Reef Status in the Main Hawaiian Islands Prepare report on coral reef status using stratified random design coral reef benthic survey data from the main Hawaiian Islands Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program 2013, and submit for review.
  Benthic Habitat Mapping Program
      Derive Nearshore Depths for One Island in the Mariana Archipelago Estimate nearshore depths using WorldView-2 satellite imagery for an island in the Mariana Archipelago. Researchers will select the island based on the availability of imagery of sufficient quality to enable bathymetry derivation, priorities of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, and priorities expressed by local resource managers.
      Conduct surveying to support benthic habitat mapping around Maui County. BLUEPRINT - Multibeam, and possibly optical, surveying will be conducted around the islands of Maui County during an approximately 19-day field mission using the R/V AHI. Areas covered will be determined based on weather conditions and priorities expressed by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and local resource managers. A mission report will be submitted that documents the work accomplished, problems encountered, etc.
  Logistics and Marine Debris Program
      Conduct Marine Debris Removal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Conduct an approximately 30-day cruise operation to survey and remove accumulated marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
  Information Services
      Deploy WoRMS Web Service Application Develop a web-based application built upon the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) web service to retrieve, validate, and update taxonomic information for several of CRED's species lists (fish, coral, line point intercept, and invertebrate) that reside in the Oracle database.
Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division
  FRMD Office of the Division Chief
      Prepare Estimates of Hawaii Longline Fishery Catch in Relation to Quota Provide regular forecasts of the US Hawaii-based longline fishery catch for use by fishery managers in setting restriction or attribution dates in late calendar year 2013. Forecasts include catch that is 1) attributed to the US; and 2) attributed to US territories. The forecasts include catches in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Area and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Area. The US longline catch in the IATTC area is separated by large and small vessels.
      Publish Fishery Research and Monitoring Division Data Products on PIFSC Website Develop materials that highlight and publicize FRMD analyses for posting on the PIFSC website for use by PIFSC, the Council and the public. Examples of data products include stock assessments, WPacFIN bottomfish reports, Longline landings, tuna forecasts, etc.
  Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch
    Stock Assessment Program
      Submit Pacific Blue Marlin Stock Assessment Report for Center for Independent Experts Review NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Revise draft Pacific blue marlin assessment results, conclusions, and conservation advice to respond to comments from the International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-like Species and the Scientific Committee for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and submit revised assessment for review by Center for Independent Experts.
      Prepare Draft Report of Preliminary Design for an Operational Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey ADVANCED SAMPLING - Design a draft operational fishery-independent bottomfish survey for the main Hawaiian Islands that includes a preliminary sampling design specific for each of the accepted sampling gears, and document in a draft report.
      Complete Manuscript on Model Selection Uncertainty and Multi-Model Inference in Stock Assessment Modeling NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Complete manuscript detailing results of tests of stock assessment model selection uncertainty using a multi-model inference approach, and using Pacific blue marlin and striped marlin as examples; submit for review. Researchers also will present results at the 5th International Billfish Symposium.
      Co-Convene the International Billfish Symposium Co-convene the International Billfish Symposium on November 4-5, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan and chair the Stock Assessment Session. Prepare a report of the meeting, presenting it to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery management Council, and posting it on the PIFSC and International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-like Species websites. This milestone was originally scheduled for completion in FY13.
      Prepare Manuscript on Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey Gear Calibration Research Results ADVANCED SAMPLING - Draft a manuscript describing comparisons among various gears tested for use in main Hawaiian Islands fishery-independent bottomfish surveys as part of the PIFSC bottomfish gear comparison research, and submit for review.
      Develop the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Plan for Bottomfish Research in the PIR Prepare and submit for supervisor review a collaborative multi-year plan of PIFSC research and monitoring activities on bottomfish fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region. This milestone was originally planned for completion in FY13.
      Prepare Report with Recommendations for Future Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Tagging Research Conduct a detailed analysis of the Pacific Islands Fishing Group's main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish tagging program and prepare report that provides recommendations for future tagging.
      Submit Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Stock Assessment for Center for Independent Experts Review NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Conduct and prepare a presentation on Main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish stock assessment for both the Deep-7 and Bottomfish Management Unit Species complex, and submit assessment to the Center for Independent Experts for review.
      Conduct North Pacific swordfish Stock Assessment NEXTGEN ASSESSMENT - Conduct, under the auspices of the International Scientific Committee (ISC), a swordfish stock assessment.
      Convene and Prepare Report on 14th Meeting of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species Chair and convene the 14th meeting of the Plenary of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species (ISC). Prepare a report of the meeting and post it on the ISC website by internationally agreed deadlines.
      Estimate Reliability of Take Estimates for the Hawaii Shallow-Set Longline Fishery Assuming Varying Levels of Sampling Intensity Assess the accuracy of take estimates (and associated risk of exceeding the take limit) for leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles using varying levels/intensity of coverage by a systematic sample of trips. An internal report will be produced for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and PIRO.
    Life History Program
      Prepare Manuscript on the Age, Growth and Longevity of Hapuʻupuʻu Prepare manuscript that uses completed bomb radiocarbon dating of otolith cores to provide validated length-at-age growth curves and longevity estimates for hapuʻupuʻu (Hyporthodus quernus), and submit for review.
      Prepare Technical Paper Comparing Body Length-at-Maturity between Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Populations for Ehu and Kalekale Draft a technical manuscript that newly characterizes length-at-maturation for main Hawaiian Islands populations of the ehu (Etelis marshi) and kalekale (Pristipomoides sieboldii) and compares that estimate with those for Northwestern Hawaiian Islands populations of these species; submit for review.
      Provide Estimates of Life History Parameters for Reef/Bottomfish Species Bio-Sampled in the Pacific Territories A large number of harvested reef/bottomfish species in the Pacific Territories have little to no life history information. There is a great need to provide more timely life history parameter estimates of bio-sampled species for assessment scientists and managers. Preliminary approximations or proxies of median size- and age-at-sexual maturity will be estimated and provided in writing and posted on the PIFSC website for subsequent use by assessment scientists.
      Conduct Cruise in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands to Bio-Sample Reef Fish and Bottomfish Plan and conduct a NOAA research vessel fisheries cruise to the Marianas Archipelago to bio-sample 1) commercially important reef fish species currently targeted for life history studies, 2) presumed vulnerable species such as groupers infrequently available from landings samplings, and 3) deep-slope bottomfish, particularly eteline snappers.
      Publish Fishery Bulletin Assess the suitability of manuscripts, administer the peer review process and edit selected manuscripts, work to improve the overall standing of Fishery Bulletin amongst its complimentary journal group, oversee selection of manuscripts for "best paper" awards, and support a smooth transition of the editorship to NEFSC on October 1, 2014.
  Fisheries Monitoring Branch
    International Fisheries Program
      Prepare Report on U.S. Swordfish Fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean for the International Scientific Committee Billfish Working Group Prepare reports on U.S. Swordfish Fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean for the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species (ISC) Billfish Working Group and submit reports to ISC point of contact. Activities include collaborating with SWFSC scientists, compiling data, writing reports, obtaining approval, and submitting final reports.
      Prepare Manuscript Describing Collaborative Research on Pelagic Fishery Trends in Philippines Prepare report in collaboration with Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on pelagic fishery trends for Philippines flagged vessels. Conduct statistical analyses for handline, purse seine and ringnet fisheries to obtain catch rate and relative abundance trends. Conduct projections using regional stock assessments to characterize depletion in Philippine fisheries. Conduct analyses for Maximum Sustainable Yield for the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone to characterize sustainability.
      Submit Fisheries Statistics and Annual Reports for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations in the Pacific Complete compilation of fishery statistics for Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RMFOs), including the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-like Species (ISC), and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and submit these statistics through the agreed U.S. government channels. Publish summaries of statistics in oracle and on PIFSC website.
      Implement Improvements to Production of the Hawaii Module of the WPFMC's Pelagic Planning Team Annual Report Analyze procedures, data summarization routines, and presentation tables and charts used to produce the Hawaii Module of the Council’s Pelagic Planning Team Annual Report and make necessary changes to achieve improvements in timeliness, effort, and consistency.
      Lead U.S. Delegation to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's Scientific Committee Meeting Lead the U.S. delegation to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's (WCPFC's) Scientific Committee meeting and advance the scientific basis for conservation measures for over-exploited stocks and bycatch. PIFSC delegation leaders are responsible for ensuring provision of documents and advice to support the development of conservation measures to prevent overfishing and reduce bycatch.
      Prepare Manuscript Describing Collaborative Circle Hook Research on a Taiwanese Vessel Prepare manuscript describing research on circle hook performance in reducing sea turtle bycatch conducted in the South Atlantic Ocean on a Taiwanese deep-set longline vessel.
      Audit and Revise the Management Process for the Hawaii Longline Logbook Data Direct and oversee the PIFSC Data Management Steering Committee (DMSC) in an audit to examine the Hawaii longline logbook data management process. The audit will identify discrepancies between the process and the data management lifecycle framework in the 2013 PIFSC Data Management Policy and User’s Guide. The DMSC will document the audit results and also revise the process to comply with the framework.
      Conduct Barbless Hook Outreach Participate in a variety of outreach events to distribute informational materials and samples of barbless circle hooks to publicize the merits and advantages of the use of barbless circle hooks to reduce bycatch, incidental take of protected species, and post-hooking injuries.
    Insular Fish Monitoring Program
      Prepare Weekly Reports on Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Catch ACL - Provide weekly summaries of main Hawaiian Islands "Deep 7" bottomfish landings to assist the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources in monitoring the bottomfish annual catch limit during the 2013 open season.
      Produce Administrative Report on Biosampling Programs in American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Produce an administrative report that describes status and results of the first 3 years of the Commercial Fisheries Biosampling Programs' field studies. This includes completing data summaries, an internal review process, consultation with island areas contributing to this report, and publication of all collected length frequency data in Oracle.
      Prepare Report of Recommendations for Designing Shoreline Fishing Effort Surveys via Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishing Survey Prepare report that describes 1) outcomes of a workshop with Marine Recreational Information Program statistical consultants and other project team members to discuss a new approach to estimate fishing effort/catch under the Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishing Survey and 2) the actual survey designs selected to be tested in the field.
      Produce Inputs to Fisheries of the US and Fisheries One-Stop Shop for Hawaii, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa Compile fisheries statistics for 2013 landings in each of the main inhabited island areas within the Pacific Islands Region jurisdiction, including Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa, and submit to HQ for inclusion in Fisheries of the US and Fisheries One-Stop Shop.
      Publish Fishery Statistics of the Western Pacific, Vol. XXIX Produce Volume XXIX of this annual series, which contains fishery statistics for the Pacific Islands Region. Compile an Administrative Report summarizing fisheries landings statistics for each of the of the main inhabited island areas within the Pacific Islands Region jurisdiction.
      Produce Draft User Manual for New Longline Data Editing Modules Document the new design for complete processing of longline data from key-punched data through quality control measures, cross-checks, editing, archival and update to Oracle database.
      Complete Migration of Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network Data to Oracle Complete migration of Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN) data from Visual FoxPro through MySQL to Oracle.