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Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act draft status review report for the Upper Klamath-Trinity River Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU)

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.

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: Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN

ID: ID403 Info. Type: ISI

Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 2/27/2019

Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 3/4/2019

Contact Person: Tracy Miller NOAA Locator

Review Type: A panel

Expected Number of Peer Reviewers: 4-10

Peer Reviewers will be selected by: The Scientific Review Group 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. The public may attend the jointly appointed Pacific hake / whiting Scientific Review Group (SRG) held Feb. 19-22, 2019 at the Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus in Vancouver B.C., Canada. The public may also provide comments during the Pacific hake / whiting Joint Management Committee meeting, scheduled for March 4-5, 2019 also held at the Simon Frasier University Harbour Centre Campus. 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.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge statement

Peer review report

Final work product