Gray Triggerfish and Blueline Tilefish Assessments Begin


The SEDAR 32 assessments of the South Atlantic stocks of gray triggerfish and blueline tilefish will consist of: A Data Workshop; a series of Assessment Webinars; and a Review Workshop. This notice is for a webinar associated with the Data portion of the SEDAR process. Webinar is open to the public. 

DATES: The SEDAR 32 data Webinar will be held on January 16, 2013, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The established time may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the data workshop process. Such adjustments may result in the meeting being extended from, or completed prior to, the time established by this notice.


ADDRESSES: The meeting 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 Contact Information) to request an invitation providing webinar access information.




Faber Place, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone (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. SEDAR is a three-step process 

including: (1) A Data Workshop; (2) an Assessment Process utilizing 

Webinars; and (3) a Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop 

is a data report which


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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 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, Highly Migratory Species (HMS) 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.

    SEDAR 32 Data Webinar: Participants will present summary data, and 

discuss data needs and treatments.