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Title and Description:

Length-based stock assessment methods for coral reef fish stocks in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Island Territories

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) is conducting stock assessments on exploited coral reef fish species in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which are listed in the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Fishery Ecosystem Plans. These stocks are generally classified as data-poor due to a lack of reliable, long-term, catch and fishing effort data. However, some parsimonious assessment models rely on more easily obtainable length composition data and certain key population demographic parameters related to growth, maturity, and longevity. PIFSC scientists have been implementing an approach that uses the average length in the exploited phase of the population to obtain an estimate of total and fishing mortality rates for coral reef fish stocks. These rates, combined with population demographic parameters, are used in numerical population models to obtain stock sustainability metrics. Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs) can be generated by obtaining recent total catch estimates and specifying new ABCs based on the results of the population sustainability analyses. Furthermore, a novel meta-analytical approach using stochastic simulations was developed at PIFSC to obtain demographic parameter estimates for species with even less data than data-poor species (“data-less” species).

ID:324 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 10/16/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/26/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 10/21//2015
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 9/8/2015

Review type:

Number of reviewers:
3 or fewer.

Peer reviewers will be selected by a designated outside agency, Center for Independent Experts.

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

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

How and When?

The CIE peer review will be an official public meeting with notice published in the Federal Register. There will be time allotted for public comment.
Final work product will be presented at the public meetings of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee in 2016.

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: General fisheries stock assessment, familiarity with length and age-based fishery models, and data-poor approaches to conducting stock assessments.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge to reviewers

Final peer review reports

  1. Dichmont
  2. Pilling
  3. Stokes

Final work product (will be disseminated 7/16)