2013 SWFSC Program Review of Data Management

In January of 2013, NOAA Fisheries initiated a standardized five-year cycle to peer review science conducted by each of the six science centers and the headquarters Office of Science and Technology. Each year will have a specific thematic focus with this year's focus on the data collection and management programs that support stock assessments for fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. SWFSC invited experts from both inside and outside the federal government to hear about data used in assessments of fish stocks under the remit of the Center, including those for highly migratory species and coastal pelagic species. This was an opportunity to showcase the strides we have made in our data management and to receive guidance to help us continue to improve our systems to offer the greatest utility and transparency possible. 

More information can be found at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/science-program-review/

The panel of experts were respected members of the scientific community and were internal as well as external to NOAA: Donna Schroeder (Chair), BOEM; Larry Jacobson, NOAA; Richard Deriso, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission; Chris Sabine, NOAA; and Samuel Pooley, NOAA. The SWFSC Program Review was open to the public and was held July 29 – August 2, 2013 at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center at 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Time was set aside near the close of each day for comments from stakeholders and the public.


2013 SWFSC Data Management Program Review Panel Reports

SWFSC Response

2013 Agenda

Program Review Presentations

 1.0 Introduction and Review Panel Charge 

 2.0 SWFSC Overview 

 3.0 Fisheries Management Background: Coastal Pelagic Speices and Highly Migratory Species 

 3.1 Introduction to the Review of Data Collection in Support of CPS and HMS Management 

 3.2 Overview of Assessment Modeling Based on Data Availability 

 4.0 Overview of Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries and their Management 

 5.0 Overview of CPS Assessments & Data 

 6.0 Fishery-Dependent Data for CPS Assessments 

 7.0 Use of Oceanographic Data in Surveys 

 7.1 SWFSC Ichthyoplankton Program: An Ecosystem Approach Towards Fisheries Conservation and Management 

 7.2 Daily Egg Production Method 

 7.3 Acoustic-Trawl-Method Surveys 

 7.4 CalCOFI and Spring Sardine Surveys 

 7.5 SaKe Surveys 

 8.0 Challenges and Emerging Issues for CPS 

 9.0 General Overview of Westcoast HMS Fisheries 

 9.1 Overview of HMS Management Framework in the Pacific 

 9.2 Pacific HMS Fisheries Data Responsibilities 

 9.3 Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Assessment 

 10.0 General Overview of Westcoast Tuna Fisheries 

 10.1 Fishery-Dependent Data Used in Tuna Assessments 

 10.2 Fishery-Independent Data Used in Tuna Stock Assessments 

 10.3 North Pacific Albacore Tuna Stock Assessment 

 11.0 Overview and history of North Pacific billfish fisheries 

 11.1 Fishery-Dependent Data Used in Billfish Assessments 

 11.2 Fishery-Independent Data used in Billfish Assessments 

 11.3 Billfish: Swordfish Example 

 12.0 Overview of Shark Fisheries 

 12.1 Data Used in Shark Assessments 

 12.2 Stock Assessment of Blue Sharks in the North Pacific 

 13.0 Strengths, Challenges and Emerging Issues with HMS Data Management