Atlantic Sharpnose & Bonnethead Shark Assessment Webinars

The SEDAR assessment of the HMS stocks of Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead sharks will consist of one workshop and a series of Webinars.

The SEDAR Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. on June 25, 2013 until 6 p.m. on June 27, 2013. 

The Workshop will be held at Wyndham Bay Point Resort, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408; telephone: (850) 236-6000.

    SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Neer, SEDAR Coordinator; phone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; 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 multi-step process 

including: (1) Data/Assessment Workshop; and (2) a series of Webinars. 

The product of the Data/Assessment Workshop is a report which compiles 

and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are 

appropriate for assessment analyses, describes the fisheries, evaluates 

the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects 

future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring 

needs. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of 

Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and 

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, 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.

    The items of discussion in the Data/Assessment Workshop are as 


    1. An assessment data set and associated documentation will be 


    2. Participants will evaluate proposed data and select appropriate 

sources for providing information on life history characteristics, 

catch statistics, discard estimates, length and age composition, and 

fishery dependent and fishery independent measures of stock abundance.

    3. Using datasets selected, participants will develop population 

models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and 

management criteria, and project future conditions.

    4. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and 

configurations for determining stock status and estimating population 


    5. Participants will prepare a workshop report, document the data 

incorporated as well as the decisions made during the process, and 

complete results of the assessment.