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.
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.