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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator;
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