2015 Review of NOAA Fisheries' Science on Marine Mammals & Turtles

Southwest & Northwest Fisheries Science Centers, 27-31 July 2015

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     Background Materials
         Terms of Reference
           Review Panel
               Speaker Biographies  

High quality science is fundamental to NOAA as a science-based agency. To maximize the transparency and effectiveness of its science and its value to NOAA and the nation, NOAA Fisheries conducts yearly peer reviews of scientific activities at each of its six Science Centers. In 2015 all Science Centers will be reviewed on Protected Species Science supporting the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. The objective for these reviews is to examine and evaluate each Center’s current scientific programs that provide information relative to the conservation and management of all marine mammals, endangered or threatened wildlife, and species of concern under NOAA Fisheries’ jurisdiction. Reviewers  provide advice to the Centers on the direction and quality of their protected species science programs.

The NWFSC and SWFSC conducted a joint review of their protected marine mammals and turtle science 27-31 July 2015 at the SWFSC in La Jolla, CA. Another separate joint review was conducted earlier in the year focusing on West Coast protected fish science.

Review Panel Report

Joint SWFSC & NWFSC Response to Review

NMFS National Response

Review Panel Members
Frances Gulland (Chair), The Marine Mammal Center
Scott Baker, Oregon State University
Phillip Clapham, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Selina Heppell, Oregon State University
Bonnie Ponwith, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Lorenzo Rojas, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación, Baja California

Review location: Pacific Conference Room - NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Us

If you have further questions about this event, please contact Sarah Shoffler ( Sarah.Shoffler@noaa.gov) or Mike Ford (Mike.Ford@noaa.gov)