PIFSC Program Review of Information for Fisheries Stock Assessments

October 22, 2013 (Updated December 13, 2013)

Recently, NOAA Fisheries initiated the NOAA Fisheries Science Program Review, a standardized five-year cycle to peer review science to be conducted by each of the six science centers and the headquarters Office of Science and Technology beginning in 2013. 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. In May 2014 the PIFSC Program Review will focus on Stock Assessments.

In June, 2013 the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) 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. This was a welcome opportunity to showcase the strides we have made in our fisheries 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 were 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 Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The PIFSC Program Review was open to the public and held at the NOAA offices on Pier 38, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The following are the presentations made by PIFSC staff during the review, arranged by order in the agenda. Click on a topic or adjacent "+/-" control below to toggle the display of topic-related presentations and/or supporting materials.


PIFSC Program Review of Information for Fisheries Stock Assessments

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