Red Snapper Assessment SEDAR 31

The SEDAR 31 assessment of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery will consist of a series of workshops and supplemental webinars. This notice is for webinars associated with the Assessment portion of the SEDAR process.

The SEDAR 31 Assessment Workshop webinars will be held on: February 21, 2013; February 28, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 14, 2013; and March 21, 2013. All webinars are scheduled from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. EDT.

    Meeting address: The webinars will be held via a GoToWebinar
Conference. The webinars are open to members of the public. Those
interested in participating should contact Ryan Rindone at SEDAR (see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing
webinar access information. Please request meeting information at least
24 hours in advance.
    SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC


telephone:  (813) 348-1630; email:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and
Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA
Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries
Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review
(SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish
stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a three-step process
including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Process including a
workshop and webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data
Workshop is a data report which compiles and evaluates potential
datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment
analyses. The product of the Assessment Process is a stock assessment
report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the
stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population
conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The
assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The
product of the Review Workshop is a Consensus Summary documenting panel
opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment
and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the
Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management
Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office and Southeast
Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: data collectors and
database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and
researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen,
environmentalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state
and federal agencies.
    The items of discussion in the Assessment Workshop webinars are as
    Panelists will continue deliberations and discussions regarding
modeling methodologies for the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper.