Science Advisor Appointed for Stock Assessments

Dr. Richard D. (Rick) Methot was named NOAA's first-ever Science Advisor for Stock Assessments. In this new role, he will be the agency's senior-most authority in the field of stock assessment science.

His priorities will be to facilitate a national approach to stock assessments across the agency and to conduct research to improve fish stock assessments nationally and internationally. A key aspect of his work will be to develop methods for incorporating ecosystem considerations into stock assessments, such as predator and prey relationships, habitat and oceanographic impacts, and multi-species and multi-fisheries interactions.