Red Snapper Assessment Workshops Scheduled


The SEDAR assessment of the Gulf of Mexico stock of red snapper will consist of a series of three workshops: a Data Workshop, an Assessment Workshop, and a Review Workshop. This series of workshops will be referred to as SEDAR 31.

The Data Workshop will take place August 20-24, 2012; the Assessment Workshop will take place January 28-February 1, 2013; the Review Workshop will take place April 29-May 3, 2013. See below for specific dates and times.

The Data Workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grande, 200 E. Gregory St., Pensacola, FL 32502; telephone: (850) 433-3336. The Assessment Workshop will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott 

Miami Coconut Grove, 2649 South Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33133; telephone: (305) 858-2500. The Review Workshop will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront, 1600 East Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501; telephone: (228) 864-4310.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Rindone, SEDAR Coordinator, 2203 North Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630; email:

SEDAR 31 Workshop Schedule

August 20-24, 2012; SEDAR 31 Data Workshop

August 20, 2012: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 21-23, 2012: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; August 24, 2012: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

An assessment data set and associated documentation will be developed during the Data Workshop. Participants will evaluate all available 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.

January 28-February 1, 2013; SEDAR 31 Assessment Workshop

January 28, 2013: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; January 29-31, 2013: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; February 1, 2013: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Using datasets provided by the Data Workshop, participants will develop population models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act criteria, and project future conditions. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters. Participants will prepare a workshop report, compare and contrast various assessment approaches, and determine whether the assessments are adequate for submission to the review panel.

April 29-May 3, 2013; SEDAR 31 Review Workshop

April 29, 2013: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; April 30-May 2, 2013: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; May 3, 2013: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Review Workshop is an independent peer review of the assessment developed during the Data and Assessment Workshops. Workshop Panelists will review the assessment and document their comments and recommendations in a Review Panel Summary.