Assessments of the Caribbean Blue Tang and Queen Triggerfish

The SEDAR 30 assessments of the Caribbean blue tang and queen triggerfish will consist of a series of workshops and webinars. This notice is for a webinar associated with the Assessment portion of the SEDAR process. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

The SEDAR 30 Assessment Webinar I will be held November 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The established times may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the assessment process. Such adjustments may result in the meeting being extended from, or completed prior to, the time established by this notice.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 Faber Place, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; telephone: (843) 571-4366; email:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and 

Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA 

Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries 

Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review 

(SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish 

stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a three-step process 

including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Process utilizing webinars 

and workshops; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data 

Workshop is a data report which compiles and evaluates potential 

datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment 

analyses. The product of the Assessment Process is a stock assessment 

report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the 

stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population 

conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The 

assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The 

product of the Review Workshop is a summary documenting panel opinions 

regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and 

input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf 

of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils 

and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species 

(HMS) Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 

Participants include: Data collectors and database managers; stock 

assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency 

representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and non-

governmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of 

Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies.

SEDAR 30 Assessment Webinar I

Participants of the webinar will have an opportunity to review and 

comment on the draft assessment report and any additional assessment 

modeling work completed since the Assessment Workshop.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 

of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to 

those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising 

after publication of this notice that require emergency action under 

section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 

intent to take final action to address the emergency.