External Review of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Commercial Fisheries Bio-Sampling Program

January 21, 2016 (updated 2/10/2016)

In 2007, NOAA Fisheries received funding from Congress to establish fisheries monitoring programs to support requirements of the Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (RMSA) of 2006. As part of additional monitoring, in the US Pacific Islands Region (PIR) the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) established a commercial fisheries bio-sampling program within the US territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The primary goals of this pilot program were to obtain detailed species identification, length- and weight-frequency data, fishing locations and trip-level effort data (e.g. hours fished by gear type) for the commercial catch, and to collect and analyze biological samples to determine life history characteristics, starting with the most important commercial species. These data have been collected and managed to improve capability to sustainably manage federal and insular fisheries within the US PIR, to help meet requirements under MSA. Founded upon these goals, along with specific methods determined by PIFSC scientists, the unique cultural, market, and fisheries characteristics of each insular area shaped development of unique aspects within each territorial program as they exist today.

Sound science is critical for making informed decisions about managing fisheries resources. NOAA Fisheries constantly strives to improve the quality and timeliness of its internal and externally supported science. To that end, NOAA Fisheries conducted this review to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of the research and its usefulness for the management it supports. This review helped identify gaps and areas for improvement, to assist NOAA in planning for future needs within the Commercial Fisheries Bio-Sampling Program.

Location:
Hyatt Regency Saipan
Royal Palm Avenue, Micro Beach Road,
Garapan, Saipan, MP 96950
Saipan, Mariana Islands, Micronesia

Dates:
January 26-28, 2016

Review Reports

Subsequent to the public review, the panelists (Frank A. Camacho - University of Guam, Bradley R. Moore - Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Steven G. Smith - University of Miami ) produced independent reports outlining their individual areas of concern and areas for improvement. Each report also contains their personal recommendations/actions to overcome obstacles in achieving the recommendations. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) regulations, no consensus document was developed.

Agenda, Terms of Reference and Presentations

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Day 1 - Tuesday January 26
Time Topic
8:30 AM
Introduction and Charge to Review Panel — Beth Lumsden
Presentation:
  • Lumsden B
    2016. Bio-Sampling External Review - Introduction. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
  Federal
8:40 AM
PIFSC Welcome Remarks — Michael Seki
8:50 AM
Bio-Sampling and the Role of the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council — Marlowe Sabater
Presentation:
  • Sabater M
    2016. Biosampling and the Role of the WPRFMC: Council Perspective and Needs. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
9:20 AM
Overview of Development and Implementation of PIFSC Bio-Sampling Field/Market Program in the Pacific Territories — Kimberly Lowe
Presentation:
  • Lowe MK
    2016. Overview of Development and Implementation of PIFSC Bio-Sampling Field/Market Program in the U.S. Pacific Islands Region (PIR). PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
10:00 AM
Break
10:15 AM
Overview of Life History Bio-Sampling in the Pacific Territories — Robert Humphreys
Presentation:
  • Humphreys R
    2016. Overview of Life History Bio-Sampling in the Pacific Territories. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
  CNMI
10:55 AM
CNMI Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Bio-Sampling Program and Data Collection — John Gourley
Presentation:
  • Gourley J, Flores T, Ramon M
    2016. The Saipan Bio-Sampling Program: A Federal, State, and Private Sector Partnership - Development of the Saipan Bio-Sampling Program and Data Collection Program. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
11:35 AM
CNMI Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Sampling Collection Protocols for Life History Studies — John Gourley
Presentation:
  • Gourley J, Flores T, Ramon M
    2016. The Saipan Bio-Sampling Program: A Federal, State, and Private Sector Partnership - Development of Sampling Collection Protocols for Life History Studies. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
12:15 PM
Lunch
1:15 PM
CNMI Bio-Sampling Program - Issues and Challenges — John Gourley
Presentation:
  • Gourley J, Flores T, Ramon M
    2016. The Saipan Bio-Sampling Program: A Federal, State, and Private Sector Partnership - Issues and Challenges. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
1:40 PM
CNMI Agency Perspective: Department of Lands and Natural Resources — Representative of DLNR
  American Samoa
2:05 PM
American Samoa Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Bio-Sampling Program and Data Collection — Domingo Ochavillo
Presentation:
  • Ochavillo D
    2016. American Samoa Commercial Fisheries Biosampling Program. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 26.
2:45 PM
Break and Public Exits
2:55 PM
Closed Session for Panel to Work on Report
5:00 PM Adjourn for the Day
Day 2 - Wednesday January 27
Time Topic
8:30 AM
Brief review and Discussion of Day 1 and Schedule for Day 2 — Robert Humphreys
Presentation:
  • Humphreys R
    2016. Bio-Sampling External Review - Review from Day 1. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 27.
  American Samoa (Continued)
8:40 AM
American Samoa Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Sampling Collection Protocols for Life History Studies — Domingo Ochavillo
9:20 AM
American Samoa Bio-Sampling Program - Issues and Challenges — Domingo Ochavillo
9:45 AM
American Samoa Agency Perspective: American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources — Representative of DMWR
  Guam
10:10 AM
Guam Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Bio-Sampling Program and Data Collection — Eric Cruz
Presentation:
  • Cruz E
    2016. Guam Commercial Biosampling Program - Field Sampling. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 27.
10:50 AM
Break
11:05 AM
Guam Bio-Sampling Program - Development of Sampling Collection Protocols for Life History Studies — Eric Cruz
Presentation:
  • Cruz E
    2016. Guam Commercial Biosampling Program - Lab Sampling. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 27.
11:45 AM
Guam Bio-Sampling Program - Issues and Challenges — Eric Cruz
Presentation:
  • Cruz E
    2016. Guam Commercial Biosampling Program - Issues and Challenges. PIFSC Bio-Sampling Program External Review. Saipan, MP. January 27.
12:10 PM
Lunch
1:15 PM
Guam Agency Perspective: Guam Department of Agriculture's Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources — Representative of DAWR
1:40 PM
Public Comment & Panelist Opportunity for Follow-up Question and Answer
2:40 PM
Break and Public exits
2:50 PM
Closed Session for Panel to Finalize Report and Recommendations
5:00 PM
Adjourn for the Day
Day 3 - Thursday January 28
Time Topic
9:00 AM
Closed Session for Panel to Finalize Report and Recommendations
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
Panel Report Out and Recommendations
2:30 PM
Adjourn (and/or finish reports)