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Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2018 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:
· Establish Scientific Review Group terms of reference for approval by the Joint Management Committee
· Review the stock assessment criteria and methods and survey methodologies used by the Joint Technical Committee
· Annually provide, by Mar. 1, unless otherwise specified by the Joint Management Committee, a written technical report of the stock assessment and its scientific advice on annual potential yield
· Perform other duties and functions as directed by the Joint Management Committee.
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:

ID383 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3//15/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 5/22//2018
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 3/2/2018
Review type:
Number of reviewers:

Peer reviewers: The agency.and The Scientific Review Group which includes up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (US and Canada) and two independent members.

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 public may attend the jointly appointed Pacific hake / whiting Scientific Review Group (SRG) held Feb. 26- March 2 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA to provide comments in person. The public may also provide comments during the Pacific hake / whiting Joint Management Committee meeting, scheduled for March 5-7, 2018 also held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA . Details of upcoming meetings will be found online at:

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? yes

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Reviewers may have working knowledge and recent experience in the research of Pacific hake/whiting, fish population dynamics, and/or fisheries acoustic surveys as they apply to and are used in fishery stock assessments.

Charge to peer reviewers

Peer review report

NMFS response to peer review report

Final work product