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Title and Description:

Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Distinct Population Segments of Yelloweye Rockfish, Canary Rockfish, and Bocaccio

 Section 4 of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. This report contains a biological analysis compiled by the Protected Resources Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in support of designating critical habitat for the threatened Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus), the threatened DPS of canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), and the endangered DPS of bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinus). This report summarizes the best available information on yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio life history, distribution, and habitat use relevant to critical habitat designation.

ID: 213 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:10/1/2012
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/5/2013
Contact Person:Michael Liddel NOAA Staff Directory

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 12/18//2012

Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 6/1532012
Review type: Individual letters
Expected number of peer reviewers: Three or fewer
Peer reviewers will be selected by:  the agency

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers?  no

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed?  yes

How? Proposed critical habitat for yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish and bocaccio will be published in the Federal Register, and the biological report will be posted on the NMFS Northwest Region website concurrent with publication. 

When? August 2013

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? no

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Expertise in rockfish ecology, benthic habitat mapping and characterization.

Comments on Peer Review:
Charge statement to the peer reviewers

Peer review report

Final work product: Not yet available as of 8-5-2013