Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch

The Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch (FBSAB) conducts state of the art research related to population biology, stock assessment, ecology, and life history of exploited resources in the central and western Pacific Ocean to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that influence resource distribution and abundance. The FBSAB has a Stock Assessment Program (SAP) and a Life History Program (LHP) which conduct research to improve stock assessments and to advise domestic and international resource managers at both the species and ecosystem levels. Using biological observations collected in field surveys with a variety of sampling gears, and laboratory analyses of specimens, the LHP investigates life-history parameters and other vital rates, environmental physiology, and distributional ecology. Informed by this work, and utilizing fishery data, assessment survey cruises, and population modeling the SAP conducts stock assessments, and also estimates bycatch and fishery interactions with protected species.