Stock Assessment Expertise Brings Award to SWFSC, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) is sharing a major award from the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for improving the quantitative methods used in fisheries stock assessment, the AFS announced today.

This is the second year in a row that a major national award has gone to the Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment MethodologyThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (CAPAM), which is a joint effort between the SWFSC, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego (UCSD),  and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

This year’s award is the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award, presented for major accomplishments and long-term contributions that advance aquatic resource conservation across the country or the world. CAPAM’s contributions have “advanced the state of the science, communicated these advancements through the peer-reviewed literature, facilitated incorporation of these advances in actual stock assessments, facilitated collaboration among researchers, and engaged a new generation of assessment scientists at each step,” wrote Richard D. Methot Jr., who is NOAA Fisheries Senior Scientist for Stock Assessments, in his nomination of CAPAM.

The need for research on good practices in stock assessment has been underappreciated and CAPAM was founded to fill this gap. “CAPAM’s success is much more than just the principal investigators and staff, it is the collaborative effort of hundreds of regional, national and international workshop participants and special issue authors whom made it happen. CAPAM has produced something that is much larger than the sum of its parts” says Mark Maunder, co-founder of CAPAM and Head of the Stock Assessment Program at the IATTC.
CAPAM’s objectives include evaluating and improving the methods used in stock assessment model development and application and providing training for much-needed students and early career scientists in population assessment. The Center also holds workshops that draw scientists from around the world to debate the benefits of key methods or new approaches.

"CAPAM's efforts over the last few years focusing on improving methods used in stock assessment model development and application have gained considerable momentum, contributing directly to the mission of NOAA Fisheries and providing timely information to analysts charged with conducting stock assessments used for advising management," says Paul Crone, a research fishery biologist with the SWFSC and co-founder of CAPAM.

CAPAM is creating a new community for current and future scientists interested in population dynamics. “CAPAM has become the community touchstone for fisheries assessment sciences” says Brice Semmens, co-founder of CAPAM, and associate professor at SIO and co-founder of CAPAM. Through workshops and engagement with researchers and faculty, well over 100 students have participated in one or more CAPAM facilitated events in the few short years that CAPAM has existed.

CAPAM's next workshop focuses on Spatial Stock Assessments and will be held at the SWFSC, October 1-5, 2018, in La Jolla, CA.

Congratulations to the CAPAM team!


For more information: 

Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment MethodologyThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (CAPAM)

The William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award, American Fisheries SocietyThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

Stock Assessment Science at NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science and Technology  

Fisheries Resources Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center 

Inter-American Tropical Tuna CommissionThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San DiegoThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer