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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DRAFT Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA’s jurisdiction.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Behavioral threshold levels were originally included in the draft guidance and reviewed by the peer reviewers.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.

ID: 43    Info. Type: Highly Influential Scientific Assessment
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/31/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel   Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 43


Title and Description:
2012 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: 194 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date:  11/15/2012  
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID194


Title and Description:
2013 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: 218 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date:  12/12/2013
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID218


Title and Description:

2012 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.

D: 206 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  2/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/7/2013
Contact Person:  Michale Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 206


Title and Description:

2012 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: 207 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  2/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/7/2013
Contact Person:  Michael LIddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 207


Title and Description:

2013 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: 242 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/3/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel
NOAA Staff Directory

Peer Review Plan for this item: ID242


Title and Description:

2013 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: 243 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/3/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel
NOAA Staff Directory

Peer Review Plan for this item: ID243


Title and Description:

2013 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for cowcod and Pacific sanddab

These assessments report the status of the cowcod and Pacific sanddab 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: 229 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 8/26/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID229


Title and Description:

2013 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for Petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish.

se assessments report the status of the Petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish resources off the west coast of the United States using age-structured 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: 228 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/14/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 5/29/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID228


Title and Description:

2013 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for rougheye rockfish and aurora rockfish.

These assessments report the status of the rougheye rockfish and aurora rockfish resources off the west coast of the United States using integrated length or age-structured 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: 227 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 8/26/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID227


Title and Description:

2013 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for shortspine and longspine thornyheads.

These assessments report the status of the shortspine thornyhead and longspine thornyhead 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: 226 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 8/26/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 226


Title and Description:

2013 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel of data moderate stock assessments.

A review of data-moderate assessments will be conducted for up to nine category-2 stocks using extended Depletion-Based Stock Reduction Analysis (XDB-SRA) or extending Simple Stock Synthesis (exSSS).  In both cases, catch data as well as abundance trend information is included in the assessment.   Data-moderate methods were reviewed and approved by a peer review panel and the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and have been endorsed for the 2013-14 Pacific groundfish stock assessment cycle.  Results will be 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) panel for data-moderate stocks 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: 230 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/26/2013
Actual Dissemination Date:
6/4/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID230


Title and Description:

Addressing MRIP Recommendations for the Puget Sound Recreational Fishery Monitoring Program

NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is working with the Pacific Coast states to assess and improve their recreational fishing sampling methods. MRIP consultant’s reviewed the Puget Sound Recreational Fishery Monitoring Program and made recommendations for improving the accuracy and quality of the sampling methods. In response to these recommendations, the Monitoring Program designed and tested new sampling procedures for estimating recreational catch and effort. The report describes the results of the new procedures.

ID: 258 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/18/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 7/15/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID258


Title and Description:

CIE Review of the Joint Pacific sardine and Pacific hake (SaKe) acoustic / trawl survey  

In 2012, a newly integrated acoustic-trawl survey of both Pacific Hake and Pacific sardine was implemented in waters off the US and Canada.  This effort was the result of a unique collaboration and partnership between fishery scientists of both the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers of the NOAA Fisheries as well as Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the fishing industry.  The survey’s primary goal was to measure the distributions and abundances of Pacific hake and Pacific sardine.  In addition, oceanographic and environmental data were sampled to estimate the physical oceanographic habitats for each target species.  Results of this survey will be used in the 2013 assessment of the Pacific hake / whiting stock in US and Canadian waters.  A review of the joint acoustic-trawl survey of Pacific hake and Pacific sardine will be conducted to review the survey methodology and analytical approaches to estimate abundance and biomass of Pacific hake and Pacific sardine resources.

ID: 231 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/6/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID231


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:
Condition Report for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) is developing reports on the status and trends of natural and archaeological resources within the marine sanctuaries as part of its System-Wide Monitoring (SWiM) Program. The initial sanctuary condition reports provide a summary of marine sanctuary resources, pressures (e.g. human impacts), the current state of the sanctuary, and responses to the pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. The primary purpose of the documents is to report in a standardized way across all marine sanctuaries on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources and maritime archaeological resources and the human activities that affect them. Resource status is rated on a scale from good to poor, and the timelines used for comparison vary from topic to topic. Trends in the status of resources are also reported, and are generally based on observed changes in status over the past five years, unless otherwise specified. Evaluations of status and trends were made by sanctuary staff, based on interpretation of quantitative and, when necessary, non-quantitative assessments and observations of scientists, managers and users. Therefore, ratings reflect the collective level of concern among participants based on their knowledge and perceptions of local problems. Reports summarizing resource status and trends will be prepared for each marine sanctuary once every five years.

ID: 107 Info. Type: Influential Scientific Information
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/2012
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/19/2013
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins   Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 107


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for Loggerhead Turtles -- Biological and Economic Reports
The Loggerhead turtle biological report and economic report compile and analyze information on 1) the habitat needs of the loggerhead turtle in U.S. waters, including the physical and biological features of the habitat that are essential to the conservation of the species, and 2) the potential economic effects of designating such critical habitat.  Both of these reports are used in the designation of critical habitat for the species under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

ID:196 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/28/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 7/15/2013
Contact Person
: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID196


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:

Draft Status review of the eastern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Steller sea lion

Status review of the eastern DPS of Steller sea lions.  The objective of this status review is to assess if the species’ abundance, survival, and distribution, taken together with the threats (i.e., ESA listing factors), no longer render the species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  The 12 month finding on petitions to delist this population segment from being classified as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act will include a determination about whether delisting this population as a threatened species is warranted or not.  The agency is issuing a proposed rule to delist the DPS and is soliciting public comment.  Agency final action will be required within one year of publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register.

ID: 201 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  9/3/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/4/2013
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 201


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
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID239


Title and Description:
Great Lakes Areas of Concern

NOAA was asked by US EPA to expand the Mussel Watch pollution monitoring of the Great Lakes to include locations defined as Areas of Concern (AOC). Sampling of these special contaminated sites has been completed. Forthcoming report will be prepared that details how the Areas of Concern compare to the general environmental conditions of the rest of the Great Lakes and with repeat sampling will determine whether mitigation and clean-up efforts are successful.

Retraction from ISI Peer Reviews:

1.The OMB guidance on Influential Scientific Information is broad, requiring only "clear and substantial impact on important public policies or private sector decisions".  "Clear and substantial" requires a high probability of that effect occurring, and a link between our information and the expected impact.  This data product-- while a potentially critical piece-- is one of multiple information sources that would eventually drive any restoration process, so the impact can't be linked purely to this product, as "clear and substantial" would seem to require.

2. The document has been reviewed, and we've addressed the other section 515 requirements through our normal approval mechanism.


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2013 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

This stock assessment reports the status of the transboundary 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.cfm.

ID: 235 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/18/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/22/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID235


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2014 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: 255 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/17/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID255


Title and Description:
Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Forecast

New models to detect and forecast harmful algal blooms (HABs) will be developed. These models will help state and local environmental agencies and water supply companies improve public safety and save money by targeting sampling and treatment options.

Retraction from ISI Peer Reviews:

1. The OMB guidance on Influential Scientific Information is broad, requiring only "clear and substantial impact on important public policies or private sector decisions".  "Clear and substantial" requires a high probability of that effect occurring, and a link between our information and the expected impact.  This data product-- while a potentially critical piece-- is one of multiple information sources that would eventually drive any restoration process, so the impact can't be linked purely to this product, as "clear and substantial" would seem to require.

2.T he document has been reviewed, and we've addressed the other section 515 requirements through our normal approval mechanism.

 


Title and Description:

Mitigating seabird bycatch during hauling by pelagic longline vessels

ID: 251 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/18/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 7/19/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Staff Directory
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID251

Bycatch in longline fisheries threatens the viability of some seabird populations. The Hawaii longline swordfish fishery reduced seabird captures by an order of magnitude primarily through mitigating bycatch during setting. Now, 75% of seabird captures occur during hauling. We fit observer data from the Hawaii longline swordfish fishery to a generalized additive regression model with mixed effects (GAMM) to determine the significance of the effect of various factors on the standardized seabird haul catch rate. The three factors with largest model effects were density of albatrosses attending vessels during hauling, leader length and year. The standardized haul catch rate significantly increased with increased albatross density during hauling. The standardized catch rate was significantly higher the longer the leader: shorter leaders place weighted swivels closer to hooks, reducing the likelihood of baited hooks becoming available to surface-scavenging albatrosses. There was a significant linear increasing temporal trend in the standardized catch rate, possibly partly due to an observed increasing temporal trend in the local abundance of albatrosses attending vessels during hauling. Swivel weight, Beaufort scale and season were also significant but smaller model effects. Most (81%) haul captures were on tended branchlines actively being retrieved. A small proportion (15%) of captures occurred on untended branchlines. The proportion of Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) captures that occurred during hauling were significantly, 1.6 times, higher than for black-footed albatrosses (P. nigripes), perhaps due to differences in the time of day of foraging and in daytime scavenging competitiveness; mitigating haul bycatch would be a larger benefit to Laysans. In addition to haul bycatch mitigation methods supported by these findings, including shorter leaders and heavier swivels, other methods that may be more effective and commercially viable include faster branchline coiling and equipment that deters seabirds from entering the area where terminal tackle becomes accessible. Locally, findings identify opportunities to nearly eliminate seabird bycatch. Globally, findings fill a gap in knowledge of gear technology methods to mitigate seabird bycatch during hauling in pelagic longline fisheries.


Title and Description:

Nassau Grouper Biological Assessment

The information and data in the biological assessment for the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) 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 Nassau grouper’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 Nassau grouper’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: 250 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/8/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/21/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel
NOAA Staff Directory
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID250


Title and Description:

NMFS Draft Biological Opinion on Re-Licensing of the South Carolina Public Service Authority Hydroelectric Project

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to prepare a biological opinion on Federal actions that are likely to adversely affect a threatened or endangered species or adversely affect their designated critical habitat. A draft biological opinion was prepared on the re-licensing of the South Carolina Public Service Authority Hydroelectric Project located in South Carolina by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. NMFS concludes the action is likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of both survival and recovery of shortnose sturgeon, and thus jeopardize the continued existence of the species because the proposed license terms: 1) continues to prevent safe and effective upstream and downstream fish passage, and thus block fish access to both effective spawning habitat and required foraging habitat; 2) will result in mortality and entrainment of sturgeon in facility structures; and 3) limits instream flows below levels necessary for spawning, migration, and foraging.

ID:151 Info. Type:ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/30/2014
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID 151


Title and Description:

Pacific Blue Marlin Stock Assessment

A stock assessment of Pacific blue marlin was conducted by a working group of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC). The assessment is based on best available biological information and fishery statistics from multi-national fishing fleets of ISC member countries.  The stock assessment informs the ISC in its development of scientific advice for conservation and fishery management to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and also informs domestic management plans by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council.

ID: 248 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:
6/1/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel
Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID248


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
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID213


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: 12/9/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Staff Directory
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID236

 


Title and Description:

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment

This document is one of a series of regional climate descriptions designed to provide input that can be used in the development of the National Climate Assessment (NCA). There are nine reports in this series, one each for eight regions defined by the NCA, and one for the contiguous U.S. The eight NCA regions are the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, and Haiwaii/Pacific Islands. While the datasets and simulations in these regional climate documents are not, by themselves, new (they have been previously published in various sources), these documents represent a more complete and targeted synthesis of historical and emission-dependent future climate conditions around the specific regions of the NCA.

ID: 222 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 1/9/2013
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID222


Title and Description:
Revision of Critical Habitat for Hawaiian Monk Seals under the Endangered Species Act

he analysis of critical habitat for the Hawaiian monk seal consists of a biological report describing the habitat needs of the seals. This report will contain biological assessments of the Hawaiian monk seal natural history and habitat use to support a proposed critical habitat designation for this species. The economic analysis consists of a report describing the potential economic benefits and impacts of designating critical habitat for the Hawaiian monk seal. This report describes the types and possible impacts stemming from obligations established under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for the critical habitat designation of Hawaiian monk seals.

D: 174 Info. Type: Influential Scientific Information
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/2/2012
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/20/2012
Contact Person: Michael Liddel  Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID174


Title and Description:
Review of North Pacific Striped Marlin Stock Assessment

The status of striped marlin in the North Pacific.was assessed in 2007 by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC). A new assessment is scheduled to be completed in July 2011 and reviewed through the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) shortly thereafter. The assessment will be produced by the Billfish Working Group of the ISC with leadership by NOAA scientists. The stock assessment report will provide the best available scientific knowledge on the status of striped marlin in the North Pacific to inform management decisions of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries Service), and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

ID: 160 Info. Type: Influential Scientific Information
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/31/2012
Contact Person: Michael Liddel  Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID160

 


 

Title and Description:

SARC 55: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically, Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank cod

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of Gulf of Maine cod and black sea bass. 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.

ID: 224 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/24/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID224


Title and Description:

SARC 56: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically, White hake and Atlantic surfclam

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of Gulf of Maine cod and black sea bass. 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.

ID: 225 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 5/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/11/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID225


Title and Description:

SARC 57: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically striped bass and summer flounder.

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of Summer Flounder and Striped Bass. 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: 244 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/30/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/15/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID244


Title and Description:

SARC 58: Stock Assessments of Fish and Invertebrates from the Northeast Coast of the United States, specifically: Northern shrimp, tilefish, and butterfish.

Products from this meeting will be stock assessments of Northern shrimp, tilefish, and butterfish. 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: 245 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/28/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID245


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
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID254


Title and Description:
SEDAR 28 Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Cobia and Spanish Mackerel

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic cobia and Spanish 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: 195 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  12/5//2012 (South Atlantic stocks); 3/15/2013 (Gulf of Mexico stocks)
Actual Dissemination Dates: (South Atlantic stocks): 12/21/2012, South Atlantic Spanish Mackerel; 1/9/2013, South Atlantic Cobia
Contact Person: Michael Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID195


Title and Description:
SEDAR 30 Caribbean blue tang and queen triggerfish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Caribbean blue tang and queen 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 council (South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or Caribbean) 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: 210 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  3/18/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 3/20/2013
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID210


Title and Description:
SEDAR 31 Gulf of Mexico red snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico red snapper) 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 council (South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or Caribbean) 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: 211 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  6/7/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 5/3/2013
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID211


Title and Description:
SEDAR 32 South Atlantic blueline tilefish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (South Atlantic blueline tilefish) 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: 233 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/27/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/26/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID233


Title and Description:
SEDAR 33 Gulf of Mexico gag grouper and greater amberjack

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico gag grouper and greater amberjack) 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: 234 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/20/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID234


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
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID256


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
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID257

 


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2012
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: 205 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:  7/5/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/6/2013
Contact Person:  Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID205


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 Dissemination Date:  7/5/2014
Contact Person:  Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID252


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of five foreign sturgeon

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, five species of foreign sturgeon petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. The five species of sturgeon are: Acipenser naccarii (Adriatic sturgeon) and A. sturio (Baltic sturgeon/common sturgeon) in the Western Europe region, A. sinensis (Chinese sturgeon) in the Yangtze River region, and A. mikadoi (Sakhalin sturgeon) and Huso dauricus (Kaluga sturgeon) in the Amur River Basin/Sea of Japan/Sea of Okhotsk region). 

ID: 249 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/1/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/31/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID249


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

 The Green Turtle Status Review will compile and analyze all biological information on the green turtle, identify potential Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the species, and review the status (stable, increasing, declining) of each population.  This report will be used 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 potentially in a proposed rule to identify DPSs and appropriately classify these entities under the Endangered Species Act (endangered, threatened, listing not warranted).

ID: 232 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/1/2013
Contact Person: Michael Lidde lGet contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID232


Title and Description:

Status review of the Southeast Alaska Pacific Herring Population

The Protected Resources Division, NMFS, Alaska Region is conducting a status review of Southeast Alaska herring population as a follow up to a petition to list the Lynn Canal herring stock as a threatened or endangered Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act.  The product that is subject to peer review is the Status Review Report, upon which our listing decision for the Southeast Alaska herring population will be based.  In support of this status review, information is being collected regarding the stock’s population structure and trends, current conditions of its habitat, known and anticipated threats to the viability of the population, and efforts being made to protect the species.

ID 209 Info Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/15/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID209


Title and Description:

Status review of White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) population in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean under the Endangered Species Act

The status review of the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) population in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean was conducted by agency scientists from the Southwest Science Center.  The review includes a comprehensive presentation and evaluation of information on white shark biology, distribution, population structure and genetics, abundance and trends, threats to the population including bycatch in fisheries, and an analysis of the populations’ extinction risk now and in the foreseeable future.  The review was conducted pursuant to NMFS’ acceptance of two petitions under the Endangered Species Act.  The results of the status review were used together with an analysis of threats to the population and a consideration of existing conservation efforts to make a 12-month finding on the petitioned action. 

ID: 240 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/25/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 7/1/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact informaztion
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID240


Title and Description:

Status Review/Proposed Rule for Five Species of Sawfish


The status review/proposed rule document for the five species of sawfish will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species throughout their range.  The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination for listing or not listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.

ID:197 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/30/2013
Actual Dissemination Date:
12/30/2013
Contact Person
: Michael Liddel
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID197

 


Title and Description:

Status Review of the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

The status review document for the scalloped 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:208 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/31/2013
Actual Dissemination Date:
4/4/2013
Contact Person
: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID208


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:

Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

The report provides the numerical modeling results of a tsunami hazard assessment conducted for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian. The purpose of the investigation is to provide emergency managers and government with the scenarios expected to pose the greatest tsunami hazard for planning and mitigation purposes.


ID: 238 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 5/10/2013
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID238


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2013)

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: 247 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 4/1/2013
Contact Person: Michael Liddel
Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID247


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 NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID253