Center for Stock Assessment Research (CSTAR)

October 2011

The objective of the Center for Stock Assessment Research is undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training in the science associated with the problems of assessing the numerical abundance, spatial distribution, size distribution, and reproductive status of commercially important fish species. A broad and deep understanding of population processes is critical to the development and management of sustainable fisheries.

Finding the means to conserve fish populations and achieve sustainable fisheries requires understanding the effects of fishing on behavior, life history, and population biology of exploited fishes. At CSTAR, work focuses on using mathematical, statistical, and computer models to solve important environmental and ecological problems. The work is grounded in data, and also seeks to expand the base of basic knowledge that supports rigorous application of science to real-world problems. Furthermore, research on marine fisheries conducted at CSTAR allows testing theoretical predictions via natural and human experiments on a scale that is appropriate for understanding the dynamics of ecosystems. Such large-scale experiments are rarely available to the scientific community.

CSTAR developed as a partnership between the SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Funds provided by the NOAA Fisheries Stock Assessment Improvement Plan have been granted annually to Dr. Marc Mangel to develop and manage the program. The CSTAR grant provides a level of core support, which is then leveraged by teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships from other grants or contracts. This enables the program to create a relatively large and interactive group of quantitative scientists working on a wide range of problems in fishery management.

Learn more:

CSTAR - The Center for Stock Assessment Research  (The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.)

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Groundfish Analysis Team