Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead Sharks Assessment

The SEDAR 34 assessment of HMS Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead sharks will consist of an in-person workshop and a series of webinars. This notice is for the webinars associated with the assessment portion of the SEDAR process. 

The SEDAR 34 Assessment Workshop webinars will be held on: July 18, 2013; July 30, 2013; and September 5, 2013. All webinars are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST).




    Meeting address: The meetings will be held via a GoToWebinar 

Conference. The webinars are open to the public. Those interested in 

participating should contact Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER 

INFORMATON CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access 

information. Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in 

advance of each webinar.

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




telephone: (843) 571-4366; 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 Assessment Process webinars are as 


    1. Participants will use datasets and initial assessment analysis 

recommended from the in-person workshop to employ assessment models to 

evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and management 

criteria, and project future conditions.

    2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and 

configurations for determining stock status and estimating population