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.
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.