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Peer Review Plans


Title and Description:
Review of Length and Biomass Augmented Catch-MSY Assessment Methods

A large number of fish and invertebrate species listed in fisheries management plans have insufficient data to conduct routine stock assessments. Nearly all of the assessment methods for data-poor stocks rely solely on catch data, or one source of data for directly estimating population density. A modified integrated assessment model has been developed, focusing on developing extensions for the Catch-MSY method, or stock reduction analysis proposed by Martell and Froese (2012) and Taggart and Kimura (1982)and modified by Sabater & Kleiber (2014), by incorporating data other than catch times series that directly inform total mortality rates (e.g. changes in mean size), relative and absolute abundance estimates, and other life history information. This modified model is being applied to data-poor coral reef fish stocks throughout the Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. However these scientific analyses have not previously been applied for management purposes in the Pacific Islands Region, so there is a need to conduct an independent peer review of the analyses to improve the scientific basis for management.

ID339 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/31/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 2/19/2016
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 10/13/2015
Review type:
Number of reviewers:
Three or fewer

Peer reviewers will be designated by an outside agency (CIE (Center for Independent Experts)

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

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

How and When?
The CIE peer review was a public meeting announced with a Federal Register Notice. Time was allotted for public comment.

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

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Fishery stock assessment modeling, data-poor stock assessment methods, catch-based stock assessment methods, advanced statistics

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge statement

Peer review reports

  1. Cook
  2. DeOliveira
  3. Nelson

Final work product (expected 12/16)