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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
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/20/2015
Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 6/14/2016
Contact Person
: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 4/6/2015
Estimated Peer Review Start Date:1/25/2015
Review type: Panel
Number of reviewers:
More than 10
Peer reviewers will be selected by: the agency

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

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

How?  The peer review panel is will meet and discuss the reiew.  Edits will be incorporated before the next review step, which is the public comment period.

When? The peer review panel is scheduled to meet on 18-20 February 2015. 

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

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, commercial fishing technology and practices, and stocks taken under section 101(b)

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge to reviewers

Final peer review report

Final work product