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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Appendix F
Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees

The following is a compilation of regional fisheries science centers and the committees that conduct stock assessment and peer review, and the fishery management councils they support and the committees and panels that provide advice. Stock assessment workshops are run primarily by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries scientists and staff with input from council staff and a variety of stakeholders in the particular fishery. NOAA scientists (or sometimes paid consultants) conduct the assessments. Peer review is first managed by NOAA Fisheries for internal and external review before assessments are submitted to the councils. After submission, the council’s advisory bodies review assessments and other reports and provide input.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Regional Science Center

Stock Assessment and Peer Review Panels

Alaska Fishery Science Center

 

  1. Crab Plan Team

 

  1. Scallop Plan Team

 

  1. Gulf of Alaska Plan Team

 

  1. Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Plan Team

Northwest Fishery Science Center

Southwest Fishery Science Center

 

  1. Stock Assessment Review

 

  1. Independent Scientific Advisory Board

 

  1. Biological Review Team

 

  1. Recovery Science Review Panel

 

  1. Technical Recovery Team

 

  1. Program Review Panel for the Center-wide West Coast Groundfish, Hatchery, Salmon Ocean and Estuarine, and Watershed Ecology Programs

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Fishery Management Council

Advisory Bodies

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

 

  1. Scientific and statistical committee (SSC)

 

  1. Advisory panel

 

  1. Other North Pacific Fishery Management Council advisory bodies:

 

 

 

  • Ecosystem Committee

  • Essential Fish Habitat Committee

  • Fur Seal Committee

  • IFQ Implementation Committee

  • MSA Reauthorization Committee

  • Non-Target Other Species Committee

  • Observer Advisory Committee

  • Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee

  • U.S.-Russia International Committee

  • Vessel Monitoring System Committee

Pacific Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC

 

  1. Other advisory bodies:

 

 

 

  • Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel

  • Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team

  • Enforcement Consultants

  • Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

  • Groundfish Management Team

  • Habitat Committee

  • Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel

  • Highly Migratory Species Plan Development Team

  • Model Evaluation Workgroup

  • Salmon Advisory Subpanel

  • Salmon Technical Team

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Regional Science Center

Stock Assessment and Peer Review Panels

Northeast Fishery Science Center

 

  1. Northeast Region Stock Assessment Workshop

 

  1. Stock Assessment Review Committee

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Fishery Management Council

Advisory Bodies

New England Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC

 

  1. Social Science Advisory Committee

 

  1. Oversight committees:

 

 

  • Executive committee

  • Ad hoc aquaculture

  • Ad hoc capacity

  • Ad hoc gear conflict

  • Ad hoc large pelagics

  • Vessel monitoring system ad hoc

  • Dogfish

  • Enforcement

  • Habitat and marine protected areas

  • Herring

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Plans

  • Magnuson-Stevens Act

  • Marine protected areas

  • Monkfish

  • Protected species

  • Red crab and hagfish

  • Research steering

  • Groundfish

  • Scallops

  • Skates

  • Transboundary

  • Whiting

  • Trawl survey

 

  1. Plan Development Team

 

  1. Habitat Technical Team

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC

 

  1. Advisory panels:

 

 

  • Bluefish

  • Black sea bass

  • Scup

  • Summer flounder

  • Tilefish

  • Squid, mackerel, and butterfish

  • Surfclam and ocean quahog

  • Law enforcement

  • Dogfish

  • Monkfish

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Regional Science Center

Stock Assessment and Peer Review Panels

Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center

 

 

Southeast Fishery Science Center

Southeast Data Assessment and Review:

 

  1. Assimilate and review data

 

  1. Perform stock assessment

 

  1. Perform independent peer review

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Fishery Management Council

Advisory Bodies

West Pacific Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC

 

  1. Sea Turtle Advisory Committee

 

  1. Plan teams:

 

 

  • Bottomfish and seamount groundfish

  • Coral reef ecosystems

  • Crustaceans

  • Pelagics

  • Precious corals

 

  1. Advisory panels:

 

 

  • Commercial

  • Recreational

  • Subsistence

  • Ecosystem and habitat

  • Demonstration projects

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

 

  1. Technical committees:

 

 

  • SSC

  • Snapper-Grouper Assessment Group

  • Shrimp Plan Development Team

 

  1. Advisory panels:

 

 

  • Calico scallop

  • Coral

  • Dolphin and wahoo

  • Golden crab

  • Habitat and environmental protection

  • Information and education

  • King and Spanish mackerel

  • Law enforcement

  • Marine protected areas

  • Protected resources

  • Rock shrimp

  • Shrimp

  • Bycatch Reduction Device ad hoc

  • Snapper and grouper

  • Spiny lobster

  • Wreckfish

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Regional Science Center

Stock Assessment and Peer Review Panels

Southeast Fishery Science Center

Southeast Data Assessment and Review:

 

  1. Assimilate and review data

 

  1. Perform stock assessment

 

  1. Perform independent peer review

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Fishery Management Council

Advisory Bodies

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC panels:

 

 

  • Standing SSC

  • Butterfish

  • Coral

  • Dolphin and wahoo

  • Mackerel

  • Oceanic migratory species

  • Red drum

  • Reef fish

  • Shark

  • Shrimp

  • Spiny lobster

  • Stone crab

 

  1. Stock assessment panels:

 

 

  • Mackerel

  • Red drum

  • Reef fish

  • Shrimp

 

  1. Socioeconomic panel

 

  1. Advisory panels:

 

 

  • Billfish

  • Butterfish

  • Coastal migratory pelagics (mackerel-cobia)

  • Coral and coral reefs

  • Deep-water crabs

  • Dolphin and wahoo

  • Habitat protection (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama)

  • Highly migratory (shark, swordfish, tuna)

  • Law enforcement

  • Red drum

  • Red snapper

  • Reef fish (except red snapper)

  • Shrimp

  • Spiny lobster

  • Stone crab

  • Bycatch reduction device

  • Essential fish habitat and environmental impact statement technical review

  • Essential fish habitat and environmental impact statement user review

Caribbean Fishery Management Council

 

  1. SSC

 

  1. Habitat advisory panel

 

  1. Advisory panels:

 

 

  • Socioeconomic sector

  • Puerto Rico

  • St. Thomas

  • St. Croix

  • St. John

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Compilation of Science Center and Management Council Reports and Committees." National Research Council. 2004. Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11045.
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Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (FCMA), managers are required to use the “best scientific information available” in the preparation of federal fishery management plans (National Standard 2 in the FCMA). However, the Act provides no further guidance as to how conformance to this standard should be determined. Because adherence to this standard has often been contentious, Congress has considered adding a definition for what constitutes “best scientific information available” in the reauthorization of the FCMA. This report examines both the current application and the controversy over the standard and concludes that a legislative definition would be too inflexible to accommodate regional differences and future advances in science and technology. Instead, the report recommends that NOAA Fisheries adopt procedural guidelines to ensure that the scientific information used in the development of fishery management plans is relevant and timely and is the product of processes characterized by inclusiveness, transparency and openness, timeliness, and peer review.

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