Snowy Grouper Assessment to Begin

The SEDAR 36 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of snowy grouper will consist of a series of webinars.

A SEDAR 36 pre-data deadline webinar will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Additional assessment webinars will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the following dates: July 12, 2013; July 26, 2013; August 23, 2013 (optional); September 4, 2013; and September 27, 2013 (optional). Optional webinar dates will be used as required by the Assessment Panel during the assessment process.

    Meeting address: The meetings will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julia Byrd at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information.
Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of each webinar.
    SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Byrd, SEDAR Coordinator; telephone: (843) 571-4366; 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. The product of the SEDAR webinar series
is a report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and
recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses,
describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates
biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and
recommends research and monitoring needs. Participants for SEDAR
Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and
Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast
Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 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 SEDAR 36 Assessment webinar series
are as follows:
    1. Participants will evaluate and recommend datasets appropriate
for assessment analysis, employ assessment models to evaluate stock
status, estimate population benchmarks and management criteria, and
project future conditions.
    2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and
configurations for determining stock status and estimating population
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject
of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to
those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues
arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action
under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to
take final action to address the emergency.