Title and Description:
Kona Crab Benchmark Assessment
The Kona crab (Ranina ranina) benchmark assessment will provide the basis for the management of this iconic Hawaiian species. The Kona crab fishery is one of three commercial crab fisheries in Hawaii. Historically, Kona crab landings make up over 25% of all commercial crab landings and up to 5% of all commercially landed reef species in Hawaii. Kona crabs are found in sandy habitat adjacent to fringing reefs and rocky areas in depths from 2 to 200 m. The fishing methods (baited tanglenets) are generally thought to be benign to habitat (when not set too close to coral reefs) and take little bycatch. However, basic biological information for the Kona crab is generally unavailable, and commercial landings data are the main indicator available to determine stock abundance. The commercial Kona crab landings in Hawaii have declined over the last 18 years. Because the most recent stock assessment of the Kona crab fishery was conducted over 30 years ago (Vansant 1978) the need for a contemporary assessment of the stock and review of the fishery was identified at the 2008 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Pacific Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS) Workshop and prioritized within the Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (CMFMGP). To date stock status is classified as “unknown”. Though it is mentioned peripherally in fisheries management plans, regulations regarding closures are "best guess" only.
ID340 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/152015
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/31/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 2/19/2016
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 11/1/2015
Review type: Letters
Number of reviewers: Three or fewer
Peer reviewers will be designated by an outside agency (CIE (Center for Independent Experts)
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 and When?
This assessment was presented in 2013 to public meetings of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
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: Fishery stock assessment methods and statistics; coral reef fisheries; data-poor stock assessment methods.
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