Standing, Special Mackerel, and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Standing, Special Mackerel, and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet May 29 - 31, 2013, at the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. The meeting will begin at 8:30am Wednesday and will adjourn no later than noon Friday.

 

During that time, the SSC will: 

  • receive a presentation on SEDAR 31 - red snapper benchmark assessment; 
  • determine whether to accept the assessment;
  • recommend acceptable biological catch for red snapper (if the assessment is accepted) that is consistent with the rebuilding plan.

 

The SSC will also discuss the impact of explosive oil and gas rig removals on the red snapper stock.

 

 

The Standing, Special Mackerel, and Special Reef Fish SSCs will meet jointly Wednesday, May 29, 2013, to elect a chair and vice chair. Afterwards, the Standing and Special Mackerel SSCs will review the final results of the SEDAR 28 cobia and Spanish mackerel benchmark stock assessments. The SSC previously reviewed the assessments at its March 27-28, 2013 meeting, but was unable to recommend acceptable biological catch levels because a number of questions remained on the use of certain parameters necessary to produce the probability distribution functions needed to determine overfishing limit and acceptable biological catch. Based on the completed analyses, the SSC will determine whether to accept the assessments. If accepted, the SSC will recommend acceptable biological catch for cobia and Spanish mackerel. 

The SSC will also review terms of reference for the upcoming SEDAR 38  - king mackerel benchmark assessment - and will solicit for participants in the SEDAR 38 workshops.

Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630 or by downloading the information from the Council's ftp site, ftp.gulfcouncil.org.