Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Program Review of Information for Fisheries Stock Assessments

May 31, 2013

PIFSC Program Review
(Open To the Public)

NOAA offices on Pier 38
1139 N. Nimitz Highway, suite #220
Honolulu, HI 96817

June 25-27, 2013

See draft agenda below

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), located in Honolulu Hawaii, is one of six NOAA Fisheries (National Marine Fisheries Service) science centers. Our mission is to provide timely, high-quality applied scientific information to support the conservation and management of fisheries, protected species, and marine habitats in the central and western Pacific Ocean. To achieve that mission, PIFSC provides data, information, analysis and technical advice to the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and other conservation and management authorities within NOAA (e.g., the National Marine Sanctuaries Program). We also partner with the State of Hawaii, the Territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and with U.S. representatives participating in international fishery negotiations. We engage with the fishing industry, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, university and other scientific research partners, both domestic and international, and the general public. At PIFSC, we face the challenge of an expanding mission across a broad geographical range, both in the types of research required to meet the Nation's needs as a whole and the needs of our individual communities where we carry out our work.

In January of 2013, NOAA Fisheries initiated a standardized five-year cycle to peer review science conducted by each of the six science centers and the headquarters Office of Science and Technology. Each year will have a specific thematic focus with this year's focus on the data collection and management programs that support stock assessments for fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. PIFSC has invited experts from both inside and outside the federal government to hear about data used in assessments of fish stocks under the remit of the Center, including those for highly migratory species and insular species such as bottomfish and coral reef fishes. We welcome this opportunity to showcase the strides we have made in our data management and receive guidance to help us continue to improve our systems to offer the greatest utility and transparency possible.

The panel of experts are respected members of the scientific community and are internal as well as external to NOAA: Gordon Tribble, USGS (Chair); Craig MacDonald, NOAA; Dave Colpo, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission; Steve Martell, International Pacific Halibut Commission; Joseph E. Powers, Louisiana State University; Steve Turner, NOAA; and Cisco Werner, NOAA. The PIFSC Program Review is open to the public and will be held June 25-27, 2013 at the NOAA offices on Pier 38, 1139 N. Nimitz Highway, suite #220. Time has been set aside near the close of each day for comments from stakeholders and the public.

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Draft Agenda

PIFSC Program Review of Information for Fisheries Stock Assessments

Day 1 - Tuesday June 25
8:30 AMIntroduction and Charge to Review Panel — Sam Pooley
8:55 AMContext for Pacific Islands Fishery Monitoring and Assessment — Chris Boggs
9:25 AMOverview of Pacific Islands Data Needs for Stock Assessments — Gerard Dinardo
  Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Data for Stock Assessments
10:20 AMHighly Migratory Species in the Pacific — Chris Boggs
10:35 AMData Use in Assessment of Striped Marlin in the North Pacific — Hui-Hua Lee
12:15 PMHMS Fishery Dependent Monitoring for International Management — Keith Bigelow and Darryl Tagami
12:55 PMLongline Logbook Data — Russell Ito
1:20 PMLongline Observer Data — William Walsh
1:45 PMAccessibility of Center HMS Data — Karen Sender
2:10 PMPelagic Oceanography and HMS Assessments — Jeffrey Polovina
2:35 PMLife History Information — Robert Humphreys
3:30 PMPublic Comment
3:40 PMPanel Questions and Discussion on Overall Topic of Data for HMS Assessments
5:30 PMAdjourn for the Day
Day 2 - Wednesday June 26
8:30 AMBrief review and schedule for Day 2 — Sam Pooley
  Insular Species Data for Stock Assessments
8:45 AMInsular Fisheries Around the Hawaiian Islands and US Territories — Chris Boggs
9:00 AMData Use in Assessment of Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish — Jon Brodziak
9:40 AMInsular Fishery Dependent Monitoring for Management — Kimberly Lowe
10:55 AMWestern Pacific Fishery Information Network (WPacFIN) — Michael Quach
11:35 AMData Systems at the PIFSC - Evan Howell
12:05 PMWPacFIN Hawaii Bottomfish Fishery Data — Kimberly Lowe
12:30 PMHawaii Recreational Catch Data — Hongguang Ma
1:55 PMBottom Habitat Information — Michael Parke
2:25 PMThe Future: More Use of Fishery-Independent Data — Gerard Dinardo
2:35 PMFishery-Independent Survey Calibration — Benjamin Richards
3:15 PMPublic Comment
3:40 PMPanel Questions and Discussion on Overall topic of Data for Insular Assessments
5:30 PMAdjourn for the Day
Day 3 - Thursday June 27
8:30 AMBrief review and schedule for Day 3 — Sam Pooley
  Data for Coral Reef Fish Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)
8:15 AMCoral Reef Fisheries — Chris Boggs
8:30 AMData Used for Archipelagic Coral Reef Fish ACLs — Marlowe Sabater (Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council staff)
9:10 AMData Used for Development of new Reef Fish Stock Assessments — Mark Nadon
9:50 AMCoral Reef Fish Surveys — Ivor Williams
10:45 AMPublic Comment
11:00 AMQuestions from Panel on Reef Fish Assessment, and Discussion on All topics
5:30 PMAdjourn for the Day