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Title and Description:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA's jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure. Although NOAA has updated the acoustic threshold levels from those previously used, and these changes may necessitate new methodologies for calculating impacts, the application of the thresholds in the regulatory context under applicable statutes (Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Marine Sanctuaries Act) remains consistent with past NOAA practice.

Behavioral threshold levels were originally included in the draft guidance and reviewed by the peer reviewers. NOAA is continuing our examination of the effects of noise on marine mammal behavior and will focus our work over the next year on developing guidance regarding the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal behavior. Behavioral response is a complex question and we determined we still need time to research and address it appropriately. Behavioral guidance will have a separate peer review plan (see ID 274).

For their Phase 3 Acoustic Effects Analysis, the U.S. Navy recently (January 2015) provided NOAA with a technical paper describing their proposed methodology for updating auditory weighting functions and subsequent numeric thresholds for predicting auditory effects (TTS/PTS thresholds) on marine animals exposed to active sonars and other active acoustic sources utilized during Navy training and testing activities.

Upon evaluation, NOAA preliminarily determined that the Navy's proposed methodology reflects the best available science and are working to incorporate it into our Acoustic Guidance before it becomes final. Before doing so, an independent peer review (i.e., second peer review) of the Navy's technical paper will be necessary, along with a subsequent additional public comment period (i.e., second public comment period). Consistent with our Draft Guidance's finalization process, once both the peer review and public comment processes are completed, NOAA will evaluate how best to incorporate the Navy's methodology into the Final Guidance.

Additionally, based on comments received during the initial public comment period, NOAA has re-evaluated its methods for defining threshold usage based on sources being characterized as impulsive or non-impulsive. This proposed methodology will undergo a separate, third independent peer review. As a result, an additional public comment period will be held subsequent to both the second and third peer reviews (i.e., second public comment covers both additional peer reviews).

For more information, please see: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/guidelines.htm .

ID: 43 Info. Type:  HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/31/2014
Actual Initial Dissemination Date (because behavioral portion separated out): 2/4/2014
Estimated and Actual Second Dissemination Date: 6/1/2015
Estimated and Actual Third Dissemination Date: 6/15/2015
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 12/ 31/2015
Contact Person:Michael Liddel   Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 43


Title and Description:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Behavior

NOAA is developing draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on the behavior of marine mammal species under NOAA’s jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their behavior for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

ID: 274 Info. Type: HISA
Estimated Dissemination Date:12/31/2016 (for peer review report; for final work product, 6/30/2017)
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item:
ID274


Title and Description:

2014 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate.

ID: 268 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/8/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID268


Title and Description:

2014 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID: 275 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/12/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/29/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID275


Title and Description:

2014 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID: 277 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/12/2015
Actual Dissemination Date:
12/29/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID277


Title and Description:

2015 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.


ID:302 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 1/8/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item:
ID302


Title and Description:

2015 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID:303 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 1/8/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddell Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID303


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for black rockfish.

These assessments report the status of the black rockfish resources in the north and south of the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:306 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID306


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for bocaccio and China rockfish.

These assessments report the status of the bocaccio and China rockfish resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:307 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID307


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review panel for canary and darkblotched rockfishes.

These assessments report the status of the canary and darkblotched rockfishes resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:308 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID308


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for widow rockfish and kelp greenling.

These assessments report the status of the widow rockfish and kelp greenling resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:312 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/1//2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID312


Title and Description:

Charter Boat Logbook Reporting Pilot Study Estimators for Use with Logbook Data

This report was developed in response to conclusions from a MRIP final report on “For-Hire Electronic Logbook Pilot Study in the Gulf of Mexico." Conclusions of that report stated that the logbook program pilot study investigated could not be used as a census or comparable to dockside surveys. The current project was started to develop an estimator based on logbook reporting, utilize the estimator, and to compare it to dockside survey data.

ID: 295 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 3/18/2013
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID295


Title and Description:

Climate Change and the Olympic Coast: Interpreting Potential Futures

Global projections of the physical and biological effects of climate change are increasingly established and accepted, but the scale of global climate models do not lend themselves to interpreting climate change projections for specific areas of special management concern.  The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), through its management plan, has expressed a desire to start managing for changing climate, and the goal of this report is to support that effort by collating and analyzing the available peer-reviewed literature on the documented and projected physical and biological changes likely to impact the OCNMS in the coming century.  A comprehensive literature review and analysis were used to assess possible future conditions for ocean temperature, acidification, sea level rise, storm patterns, ocean currents, hypoxia/anoxia and river hydrology.  Additionally, the biological consequences of changes in these physical parameters were interpreted broadly for various habitats, and also for specific species or species groups including phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine algae, deep-water corals, mussels, coastal urchin species, Dungeness Crab, fish, marine mammals and seabirds.  Finally, the sensitivity of the resources managed by the OCNMS to climate change area analyzed, and management options available to the OCNMS to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change are considered.

ID: 237 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/242013
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID237


Title and Description:

Critical Habitat Designation for the Arctic Ringed Seal

Designation of critical habitat is a required part of the regulatory process for species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and is to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available.  We are obtaining independent peer review of: (1) the compilation and analysis of information in the proposed rule regarding the habitat needs of Arctic ringed seals and the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species; and (2) the compilation and analysis of information regarding the potential impacts of the proposed critical habitat designation contained in a draft economic report and summarized in the proposed rule.

ID: 288 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID288

 


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic sturgeon -- Biological Information, Economic Report and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis.

The single source document includes the biological information, economic report, and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis that compiles information on: 1) the habitat needs of Atlantic sturgeon belonging to the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay distinct population segments (DPSs) in U.S. waters, including the physical and biological features essential to each DPS that may require special management; 2) the potential economic effects of designating such critical habitat; and, 3) the analyses of the economic, national security and other relevant impacts of designating critical habitat for each of these Atlantic sturgeon DPSs. The information compiled in this document is used in the designation of critical habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay DPSs of Atlantic sturgeon under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 294 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/30/2015
Contact Person:Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID294


Title and Description:

Designation of critical habitat for North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) – Biological Source Document and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis

The Right Whale Source Document and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis compile information on; 1) the habitat requirements of right whales in U.S. waters and identifies the physical an biological features essential to the species that may require special management and; 2) analyses the economic, national security and other relevant impacts of designating critical habitat for the North Atlantic right whale.

ID: 259 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/23/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID259


Title and Description:

Development and Testing of Recreational Fishing Effort Surveys Testing a Single-Phase Mail Survey Design

NOAA's Marine Recreational Information Program is developing improved methods to estimate marine recreational fishing catch and effort. Traditionally, marine recreational fishing effort data for the U.S. Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico have been collected by NOAA Fisheries through the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS). A 2006 review by the National Research Council noted that the CHTS design suffers from inefficiency due to the low rate of saltwater angler participation among the general population, as well as potential coverage bias due to the survey's limitation to coastal county residences and landline-based telephone numbers. In addition, response rates to the survey have declined considerably over the past decade, increasing the potential for nonresponse bias. The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has designed and tested several different data collection alternatives to address concerns about the CHTS. This report outlines the various approaches to collecting fishing effort data that have been studied by MRIP and describes the feasibility of a single-phase mail survey design as an alternative to the CHTS.

ID: 296 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 6/30/2014
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID296


Title and Description:
Dwarf Seahorse Biological Assessment

The information and data in the biological assessment for the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) will be used to inform the status of the species throughout its range and the subsequent Endangered Species Act listing decision.  The biological assessment contains information on the dwarf seahorse’s life history and threats.  We are seeking peer review on the contents of the biological assessments to ensure that it contains the best available information and data on the dwarf seahorse’s life history, threats to the continued existence of the species throughout the range, the effect of the fishery, and any existing regulatory mechanisms that may be regulating threats.


ID: 239 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/8/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/3/2014 (peer review report, but not yet final work product)
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID239


Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act draft status review report of two East Atlantic guitarfishes

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, two species of foreign guitarfishes petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. The two species of guitarfish are: Rhinobatos cemiculus and Rhinobatos rhinobatos

ID: 263 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID263


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, coelacanth, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act.

ID:305 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 12/30/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID305


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Eastern Taiwan Strait population of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the Eastern Taiwan Strait (ETS) Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin population, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act.

ID: 278 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/25/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID278


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Perspectives are provided on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 292 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 9/10/2014
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID292


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID:313 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/10/2015
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID313


Title and Description:

Five-Year Review for Endangered Species Act of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

The information is a review of the recovery status of the Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), which is listed under the Endangered Species Act.  5-year reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act.

ID: 286 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/15//2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID286


 

Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2015 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

This stock assessment reports the status of the trans-boundary coastal Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) resource off the west coast of the United States and Canada.  The stock assessment is conducted and peer reviewed as outlined in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of American and the Government of Canada on Pacific hake / Whiting.  This agreement formalizes past scientific and stock assessment collaboration through the creation of two scientific bodies: a Joint Technical Committee, charged with producing an annual stock assessment that includes scientific advice on the annual potential yield of the offshore hake/whiting resource that may be caught for that fishing year; and a Scientific Review Group, charged with providing an independent peer review of the Joint Technical Committee’s scientific products.

The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be composed of up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (e.g. the United States and Canada) and two independent members appointed jointly from a list supplied by the Advisory Panel.  The SRG will meet annually, or as often as required, to:

Additional information regarding the Pacific hake / Whiting Scientific Review Group and Joint Technical Committee, including current member composition and meeting documents, can be found on the Pacific hake/Whiting Treaty website:   http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Groundfish-Fishery-Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN


ID: 279 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/17/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID279


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 5 — A Tsunami Forecast Model for Newport, Oregon

NOAA’s tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Newport, Oregon forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Newport model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.


ID: 280 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID280


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: A Tsunami Forecast Model for Point Reyes, California

NOAA’s tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Point Reyes, California forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Point Reyes model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 283 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/15/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID283


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 7—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Midway Atoll

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Midway Atoll forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Midway Atoll model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 289 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/8/2014
Contact Person:Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID289


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 8—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Nantucket, Massachusetts

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Nantucket forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Nantucket model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 290 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/18/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/18/2014
Contact Person:Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID290


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 9—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Santa Monica, California

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Santa Monica forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Santa Monica model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 299 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID299


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 10—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Arena Cove, California

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Arena Cove forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Arena Cove model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:300 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID300


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 11—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Kihei, Hawaii

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Kihei forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Kihei model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:301 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID301

 


Title and Description:
Queen Conch Biological Assessment

Biological Assessment as part of the Status Review for the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) used in making Endangered Species Act listing determination. The information and data in the biological assessment for the queen conch (Strombus gigas) will be used to inform the status of the species throughout its range and the subsequent Endangered Species Act listing decision.  The biological assessment contains information on the queen conch’s life history and threats. The biological assessment contains information, where available, on queen conch fisheries and the status of queen conch stocks in states and territories in greater Caribbean.  We are seeking peer review on the contents of the biological assessments to ensure that it contains the best available information and data on the queen conch’s life history, threats to the continued existence of the species, the effect of fisheries (past and current) throughout the range, and any existing regulatory mechanisms that may be regulating threats.

ID: 236 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/14/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/14/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID236


Title and Description:

Review of Sea Scallop Survey Methodologies

Examine all of the primary survey methods for assessing sea scallop abundance. Examine sea scallop survey methods including scallop dredge surveys conducted on research vessels, scallop dredge surveys conducted on commercial vessels, the drop camera survey, and the HabCam system. The objectives are to assess the strong and weak points of each sampling approach, and identify the complementary facets of each survey methodology and opportunities for each method as part of the scallop survey sampling program going forward.

ID:310 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 8/152015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID310


Title and Description:

Review of the Atlantis Ecosystem Model in Support of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem

The National Marine Fisheries Service has strongly endorsed the concept of Ecosystem-Based Management and the related need for the development of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) in support of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM).  The Atlantis Ecosystem model is employed at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) as an operating model in support of development of EBFM strategies for the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem through IEAs and other mechanisms within the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC).  There will be a formal, multi-day m methodology review of Atlantis to evaluate performance characteristics and identify appropriate management applications of this ecosystem model.

This review is being undertaken based on recommendations by the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the PFMC, who will chair the review panel. The scientific peer review group will be composed of members of the SSC and three independent reviewers.

The objectives of the methodology review are to evaluate the performance characteristics of this application of the Atlantis model, and to identify the extent to which this Atlantis ecosystem model is suitable as an operating model to provide strategic guidance related to NOAA management needs on the West Coast. Specific objectives of the SSC are to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and applicability of the model to particular questions and needs in order to facilitate use of Atlantis-generated products in the future.

ID: 269 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/6/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/28/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID269


Title and Description:

SARC 59: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically Gulf of Maine haddock and sea scallops.

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of Gulf of Maine haddock and sea scallops. The Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts who serve as a peer-review panel for several tabled stock assessments. These assessments evaluate the status of important fishery stocks, taking into account natural variations in population growth as well as the intensity and history of commercial harvesting.  The SARC is an important part of the Northeast Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) process, which includes peer assessment development (SAW Working Groups or Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) technical committees), assessment peer review, public presentations, and document publication. This process has been in place since 1985, and has been successful in providing a forum for preparing, peer reviewing and reporting on stock assessments in the northeast region. Over 40 fishery stocks are managed in this region. The Northeast SAW is the oldest such assessment peer review process in the United States and has been used as a model in developing similar protocols around the US and in Europe. As currently constituted, the Stock Assessment Workshop has three parts: 1) SAW working group meetings where the assessments are developed (or ASMFS technical/stock assessment groups when stock assessments are prepared by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission); 2) a high-quality peer review of the SAW Working/Technical group assessments by an independent panel of assessment/management experts, known as the Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC); and 3) presentation of results/reports from the SARC meeting to the Fishery Management Councils and ASMFC. The entire SAW process occurs twice per year.

The Plan Development Teams (PDTs), Science and Statistics Committees (SSCs) and Technical Committees of the Fishery Management Councils use the Stock Assessment Reports and the peer reviewers' reports (from the SARC), to develop management advice for the Fishery Management Councils that is consistent with existing fishery management plans.

ID: 254 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/15/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/15/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID254


Title and Description:

SARC 60: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically scup and bluefish.

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of scup and bluefish. The Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts who serve as a peer-review panel for several tabled stock assessments. These assessments evaluate the status of important fishery stocks, taking into account natural variations in population growth as well as the intensity and history of commercial harvesting.  The SARC is an important part of the Northeast Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) process, which includes peer assessment development (SAW Working Groups or Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) technical committees), assessment peer review, public presentations, and document publication.

This process has been in place since 1985, and has been successful in providing a forum for preparing, peer reviewing and reporting on stock assessments in the northeast region. Over 40 fishery stocks are managed in this region. The Northeast SAW is the oldest such assessment peer review process in the United States and has been used as a model in developing similar protocols around the US and in Europe. As currently constituted, the Stock Assessment Workshop has three parts: 1) SAW working group meetings where the assessments are developed (or ASMFC technical/stock assessment groups when stock assessments are prepared by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission); 2) a high-quality peer review of the SAW Working/Technical group assessments by an independent panel of assessment/management experts, known as the Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC); and 3) presentation of results/reports from the SARC meeting to the Fishery Management Councils and ASMFC. The entire SAW process occurs twice per year.

The Plan Development Teams (PDTs), Science and Statistics Committees (SSCs) and Technical Committees of the Fishery Management Councils use the Stock Assessment Reports and the peer reviewers' reports (from the SARC), to develop management advice for the Fishery Management Councils that is consistent with existing fishery management plans.

ID: 287 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID287


Title and Description:

SEDAR 35 Caribbean red hind

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Caribbean red hind) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: 256 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/6/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/7/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID256



Title and Description:

SEDAR 37 Florida Hogfish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic hogfish) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries

ID: 281 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/27/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 9/8/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID281


Title and Description:

SEDAR 38 Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic king mackerel

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic king mackerel) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries .

ID: 257 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  9/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/14/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID257


Title and Description:

SEDAR 39 HMS Smoothhound sharks

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (HMS smoothhound shark) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: 282 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/13/12015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID282


Title and Description:

SEDAR 41 South Atlantic red snapper and gray triggerfish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (South Atlantic red snapper and gray triggerfish) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: 276 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/17/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID276


Title and Description:

SEDAR 42 Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico red grouper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID:311 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 8/14/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID311

 


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2013

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 50 countries around the world, this report places today’s climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 252 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date:  717/2014
Contact Person:  Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID252


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2014

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 291 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/16/2015
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID291


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act Consideration of Greenback Parrotfish (Scarus trispinosus)

The status review for greenback parrotfish will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 272 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 121/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/15
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID272


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act Consideration of Island Grouper (Mycteroperca fusca)

The status review for island grouper will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 270 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/15/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID270


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of three foreign corals

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, three species of foreign coral petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. The three species of coral are: ACantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni, and Tubastraea floreana

ID: 265 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/1/2014
Actual DIssemination Date: 12/15/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID265


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of seven foreign marine species of elasmobranchs

The status reviews for these seven elasmobranch species (Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus, Rhinobatos horkelii, Mustelus fasciatus, M. schmitti, Squatina guggenheim, S. argentina, and Bathyraja griseocauda) will consist of reports explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as potential threats to the species throughout all or a significant portion of their ranges. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing these species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID:316 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 8/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID316


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the Banggai cardinalfish

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act.

ID: 267 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/15/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/16/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID267


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the Great Hammerhead Shark

The status review for the great hammerhead shark will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 266 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 31/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/11/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID266


Title and Description:

Status review for Endangered Species Act Consideration of the Gulf Grouper (Mycteroperca jordani)

The status review for gulf grouper will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 285 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/18//2014
Actrual Dissemination Date: 6/1/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID285


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the Humphead Wrasse

The status review for the humphead wrasse will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 293 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID293


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the Northwest Atlantic Dusky Shark

The status review for the northwest Atlantic dusky shark will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species’ risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 264 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/1/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 9/15/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID264


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act Consideration of the Undulate Ray

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the undulate ray (Raja undulata) petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act.

ID: 273 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/15/2015
Actual dissemination date: 4/30/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID273


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of three angelshark species (Squatina aculeata, S. oculata, and S. squatina)

The status review for these three angelshark species will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as their respective risks of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their ranges. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing these species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID:315 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 7/31/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 7/13/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID315

 


Title and Description:
Status Review for the Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas

 The Green Turtle Status Review combined and analyzed all biological information on the green turtle, identified potential Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the species, and reviewed the status (stable, increasing, declining) of each population.  The information in the  report was in the 12-Month Finding on the green turtle in response to a petition (to list the Hawaiian population as a DPS and delist it), and in a proposed rule to identify and list DPSs as endangered or threatened.

ID: 232 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 1/30/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID232


Title and Description:

Status Review of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Under the Endangered Species Act

In May 2010, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) convened the Humpback Whale Biological Review Team (BRT) to conduct a comprehensive review of the status of humpback whales as the basis for considering revisions to this species’ Endangered Species Act listing status.  Conducting an ESA status review involves two key tasks: identifying the taxonomic units (species, subspecies or DPS) to be evaluated, and assessing the risk of extinction for each of these units.

ID: 284 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/1/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID284

 


Title and Description:

Status review update of Southern Resident killer whales

On August 2, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service received a petition submitted by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the Center for Environmental Science Accuracy and Reliability, Empresas DelBosque, and Coburn Ranch to delist the endangered Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS Northwest Region requested that the Northwest Fisheries Science Center conduct a scientific review and evaluation of the petition, the key scientific papers cited in the petition, the biological information received from the public, and any other best available relevant information. Specifically, the Northwest Region requested the Center to consider if there is new best available information that would lead to different conclusions from those of the 2004 BRT (Krahn et al. 2004) regarding the existence of a North Pacific resident killer whale taxon (species or subspecies) or the discreteness or significance of the SRKW with reference to this taxon. An updated status report was completed and reviewed by NMFS scientisits to address the Northwest Region’s request.

ID:260 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/8/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/5/2013
Contact Person
: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID260


Title and Description:

Status review update of Southern Resident killer whales with respect to the killer whale known as Lolita.

On January 25, 2013, we received a petition submitted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation on behalf of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Orca Network, Howard Garrett, Shelby Proie, Karen Munro, and Patricia Sykes to include the killer whale (Orcinus orca) known as Lolita in the ESA listing of the Southern Resident killer whale Distinct Population Segment (DPS).  Lolita is a female killer whale captured from the Southern Resident population in 1970, who currently resides at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida.  In January 2014, NMFS published a proposed rule to include Lolita in the ESA listed Southern Resident killer whale DPS.  In response to a separate 2012 petition submitted by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the Center for Environmental Science Accuracy and Reliability, Empresas DelBosque, and Coburn Ranch to delist the endangered Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we conducted a status review update, which was completed in July 2013 (NWFSC 2013).   The updated status review included information on Lolita’s genetic heritage and her acoustic calls. This was referenced in the proposed rule and will also inform our final response on the petition to include Lolita in the ESA-listed DPS.  The peer review for the proposed rule to include Lolita in the listed DPS will focus on the specific section in the updated status review that addressed Lolita and her genetic and acoustic heritage.

ID:261 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/30/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/15/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID261


Title and Description:

Stock Assessment Update for the Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Complex Through 2013 With Projected Annual Catch Limits Through 2016

A stock assessment update of the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) Deep7 bottomfish complex was conducted using up-to-date re-audited bottomfish catch and effort data from Hawaii state commercial catch reports for the years 1948-2013.The update used previous benchmark assessment data analysis, modeling, and stock projection approaches, with one minor improvement in catch-per-unit-effort standardization to explicitly account for fishermen's skill from 1994-2013. The Deep7 complex in the MHI is not currently experiencing overfishing and is not currently depleted relative to the best available information on biological reference points.

ID:309 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 1/16/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID309


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2014)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.

ID: 253 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/1/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID253



Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2015)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.

ID: 298 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 4/1//2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID298


Title and Description:

U.S. States and Territories National Tsunami Hazard Assessment (update)

The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) requested this update to the 2008 National Tsunami Hazard Assessment following several tsunamis in the 2008 - 2012 timeframe, including the 2009 Samoa, 2010 Chile, and 2011 Japan tsunamis. The NTHMP, a partnership between Federal and State agencies, provides the organizational framework for this collaborative effort of the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, now part of the National Centers for Environmental Information - NCEI) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The assessment is based largely on a careful examination of the NCEI historical tsunami data, which results in a qualitative tsunami assessment based on the distribution of runup heights and the frequency of tsunami runups and on the USGS National Seismic Hazard Map (NSHM) data to partially extend the time interval. The update also identifies progress in recent tsunami research.

ID:314 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/30/2015
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID314