Gag & Greater Amberjack Stock Assessments to Begin

The SEDAR 33 assessment of the Gulf of Mexico stocks of gag and greater amberjack will consist of: a Data Workshop; an Assessment process conducted via webinars; and a Review Workshop. 

The Data Workshop will be held from 1 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013 until 12 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 in Tampa, FL. The Assessment Workshop will take place via webinar on the following dates in 2013: 

July 22; July 29; August 5; August 14; August 21; August 28; September 4; September 11; September 18; September 25; October 2; and October 9. All webinars will begin at 1 p.m. eastern time (ET) and will last approximately four hours. The Review Workshop will take place from 1 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 until 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Miami, FL.  

 

ADDRESSES: 

 

    Meeting addresses: The Data Workshop will be held at the Tampa 

Westshore Marriott, 1001 Westshore Plaza Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607; 

(813) 287-2555. The Assessment Workshop webinars will be held via 

GoToWebinar. The Review Workshop will be held at the Doubletree by 

Hilton Grande Hotel Biscayne Bay, 1717 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 

33132; (305) 372-0313. All workshops and webinars are open to members 

of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Ryan 

Rindone at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an 

invitation providing pertinent information. Please request meeting 

information at least 24 hours in advance.

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

29405.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Rindone, SEDAR Coordinator; 

telephone: (813) 348-1630; email: ryan.rindone@gulfcouncil.org.

 

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 (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 Consensus 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 

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 individual workshop agendas are as 

follows:

 

SEDAR 33 Data Workshop, May 20-24, 2013

 

    1. Assessment data sets and associated documentation will be 

developed.

    2. 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.

 

SEDAR 33 Assessment Workshop Webinars, July 22-October 9, 2013

 

    Participants will review modeling efforts, suggest sensitivity 

analyses, and decide upon an appropriate model run or set of model runs 

to put forward to the Review Workshop for each species assessed.

 

SEDAR 33 Review Workshop, November 18-21, 2013

 

    Panelists will review the assessments and document their comments 

and recommendations in a Consensus Summary.

    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 these meetings. Action will be restricted to 

those issues specifically identified 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 intent to 

take final action to address the emergency.