Caribbean Blue Tang and Queen Triggerfish Assessment to Begin

 

The SEDAR 30 assessments of the Caribbean blue tang and queen triggerfish will consist of a series of workshops and webinars: This notice is for a webinar associated with the Assessment portion of the SEDAR process. 

The SEDAR 30 assessment webinar I will be held on January 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to approximately 12 noon eastern time. The established times may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the assessment process. Such adjustment 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 

Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see Contact Information to request an 

invitation providing webinar access information).

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 

Faber Place, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone (843) 571-

4366. Email: Julie.neer@safmc.net.

 

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 workshops; and (3) a 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 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 30 Assessment Webinar II

 

    Participants of the webinar will have an opportunity to review and 

comment on the draft assessment report completed since the Assessment 

Workshop occurred.