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Title and Description:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA's jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure. Although NOAA has updated the acoustic threshold levels from those previously used, and these changes may necessitate new methodologies for calculating impacts, the application of the thresholds in the regulatory context under applicable statutes (Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Marine Sanctuaries Act) remains consistent with past NOAA practice.
Behavioral threshold levels were originally included in the draft guidance and reviewed by the peer reviewers. NOAA is continuing our examination of the effects of noise on marine mammal behavior and will focus our work over the next year on developing guidance regarding the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal behavior. Behavioral response is a complex question and we determined we still need time to research and address it appropriately. Behavioral guidance will have a separate peer review plan (see ID 274). 
 
For their Phase 3 Acoustic Effects Analysis, the U.S. Navy recently (January 2015) provided NOAA with a technical paper describing their proposed methodology for updating auditory weighting functions and subsequent numeric thresholds for predicting auditory effects (TTS/PTS thresholds) on marine animals exposed to active sonars and other active acoustic sources utilized during Navy training and testing activities.

Upon evaluation, NOAA preliminarily determined that the Navy's proposed methodology reflects the best available science and are working to incorporate it into our Acoustic Guidance before it becomes final. Before doing so, we commissioned an independent peer review of the Navy's technical paper (i.e., second peer review). 

Additionally, NOAA has re-evaluated its methods for defining threshold usage for sources characterized as impulsive or non-impulsive using comments from the initial public comment period. This proposed methodology also underwent a separate independent peer review (i.e. third peer review).Following these peer reviews, we held a second public comment period (July-September 2015). 
After the second public comment period, while NOAA was working to address additional public comments and finalize the Technical Guidance, NOAA and the Navy further evaluated certain aspects of the U.S. Navy's methodology.  As a result, several recommendations/modifications were suggested. 
 
After consideration of these recommendations, NOAA has revised the Draft Technical Guidance to reflect these suggested changes and is proposing to solicit public comment on the revised sections of the document (i.e., not the entire document) via a focused 14-day public comment period (March 2016). Concurrent with this third public comment period, NOAA requested that the peer reviewers of the Navy's methodology review the updated sections of the Draft Technical Guidance and indicate whether the revisions would significantly alter any of the comments made during their original review.
 
Consistent with our Draft Guidance’s finalization procedure, once the follow-up peer review and public comment period processes are complete, NOAA will evaluate how to best incorporate the proposed methodologies into our Final Guidance.
 

For more information, please see: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/guidelines.htm .

ID: 43 Info. Type:  HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/31/2014
Actual Initial Dissemination Date (because behavioral portion separated out): 2/4/2014
Estimated and Actual Second Dissemination Date: 6/1/2015
Estimated and Actual Third Dissemination Date: 7/31/2015
Estimated and Actual Disseminiation of Peer Review Report as follow-up to second review: 5/20/2016
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 531/2016
Actual Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 8/3/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel  Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID43


Title and Description:

Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Behavior
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal

NMFS is developing draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on the behavior of marine mammal species under NMFS's jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their behavior for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NMFS analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

 

ID: 274 Info. Type:ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/ 2018 (for peer review report; for final work product,12/31//2018)
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID274


Title and Description:

The 2015 Arctic Report Card

The Synthesis Product was first published in 2006. The Arctic Report Card is an annual, peer-reviewed, Web-based publication http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/index.html. It is a multi-disciplinary document composed of topical essays in the physical and biological sciences. This synthesis product presents already published data for 2015 in the Arctic that have not been previously been assembled. Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The Report Card is cited on a wide range of websites. Example of use for decision-making: reductions in sea ice mean that Arctic shipping routes become more feasible. Also, the Arctic Report Card is closely tied to climate change issues, which affect (see State of the Climate reports).

ID:329 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 11/30/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID329


 

Title and Description:

2014 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate.

ID: 268 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/8/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID268


 


Title and Description:

2015 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.


ID:302 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 1/8/2016
Actual DIssemination Date: 12/9/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item:
ID302


Title and Description:

2015 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks)

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID:303 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 1/8/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/9/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddell Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID303


 

Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for bocaccio and China rockfish.

These assessments report the status of the bocaccio and China rockfish resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:307 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 2/28/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 5/25/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID307


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review panel for canary and darkblotched rockfishes.

These assessments report the status of the canary and darkblotched rockfishes resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:308 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 2/28/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 5/25/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID308


Title and Description:

2015 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for widow rockfish and kelp greenling.

These assessments report the status of the widow rockfish and kelp greenling resources off the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID:312 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/1//2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/25/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID312


Title and Description:
2016 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2016

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP Plan Teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID357 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/9/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID357


 

Title and Description:
2016 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2017

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID358 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/9/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID358


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for
Pacific coast lingcod and yelloweye rockfish

These assessments report the status of the lingcod and yelloweye rockfish resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID373 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID373


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for California scorpionfish and blue/deacon rockfish

These assessments report the status of the California scorpionfish and blue/deacon rockfish resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID375 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID375


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for
Pacific ocean perch and yellowtail rockfish

These assessments report the status of the Pacific ocean perch and yellowtail rockfish resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID372 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item:: ID372


Title and Description:

Benchmark Review of Stock Assessment of the Coral Reef Fishes of Hawaii, 2016

PIFSC scientists are conducting stock assessments on exploited coral reef fish species in the Pacific Islands Region which are listed in the Council's Fishery Ecosystem Plans. These stocks are generally classified as data-poor due to a lack of reliable, long-term, catch and fishing effort data. Historically, the Council has set and NMFS has approved setting of annual catch limits (ACLs) using a percentile of median historical catch levels and more recently, a biomass-augmented catch-MSY method has been applied (Sabater and Kleiber 2014, NOAA 2015).
In an effort to use additional available data sources for these stocks, scientists at PIFSC have conducted new coral reef fish assessments using length composition data, abundance data from diver surveys, and certain key population demographic parameters related to growth, maturity, and longevity. PIFSC scientists have been implementing an approach that uses the average length in the exploited phase of the population (Lbar) to obtain an estimate of total and fishing mortality rates for coral reef fish stocks (Beverton & Holt 1956; Ehrhardt & Ault 1992). These rates, combined with population demographic parameters, are used in a numerical population model to obtain stock sustainability metrics (e.g., spawning potential ratio, F/FMSY; see Ault et al. 1998, 2008). Overfishing limits can be generated by using recent total catch estimates and/or population size estimates from diver surveys. Furthermore, a novel meta-analytical approach using stochastic simulations was developed at PIFSC to obtain demographic parameter estimates for species with even less data than data-poor species (“data-less” species). These scientific methods recently underwent a rigorous independent review by a panel organized by the Center for Independent Experts, and have now been applied to individual species in the main Hawaiian Islands. There is a need to independently review these species-specific stock assessments prior to submission to a fishery management organization for consideration.

ID368 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID368



Title and Description:

Climate Change and the Olympic Coast: Interpreting Potential Futures

Global projections of the physical and biological effects of climate change are increasingly established and accepted, but the scale of global climate models do not lend themselves to interpreting climate change projections for specific areas of special management concern.  The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), through its management plan, has expressed a desire to start managing for changing climate, and the goal of this report is to support that effort by collating and analyzing the available peer-reviewed literature on the documented and projected physical and biological changes likely to impact the OCNMS in the coming century.  A comprehensive literature review and analysis were used to assess possible future conditions for ocean temperature, acidification, sea level rise, storm patterns, ocean currents, hypoxia/anoxia and river hydrology.  Additionally, the biological consequences of changes in these physical parameters were interpreted broadly for various habitats, and also for specific species or species groups including phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine algae, deep-water corals, mussels, coastal urchin species, Dungeness Crab, fish, marine mammals and seabirds.  Finally, the sensitivity of the resources managed by the OCNMS to climate change area analyzed, and management options available to the OCNMS to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change are considered.

ID: 237 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/242013
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID237


 

Title and Description:

Critical Habitat Designation for the Arctic Ringed Seal

Designation of critical habitat is a required part of the regulatory process for species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and is to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available.  We are obtaining independent peer review of: (1) the compilation and analysis of information in the proposed rule regarding the habitat needs of Arctic ringed seals and the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species; and (2) the compilation and analysis of information regarding the potential impacts of the proposed critical habitat designation contained in a draft economic report and summarized in the proposed rule.

ID: 288 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/5//2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 3/1/2016
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID288

 


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic sturgeon -- Biological Information, Economic Report and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis.

The single source document includes the biological information, economic report, and 4(b)(2) Impact Analysis that compiles information on: 1) the habitat needs of Atlantic sturgeon belonging to the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay distinct population segments (DPSs) in U.S. waters, including the physical and biological features essential to each DPS that may require special management; 2) the potential economic effects of designating such critical habitat; and, 3) the analyses of the economic, national security and other relevant impacts of designating critical habitat for each of these Atlantic sturgeon DPSs. The information compiled in this document is used in the designation of critical habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay DPSs of Atlantic sturgeon under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

ID: 294 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/30/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/3/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID294


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species and designations must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available. We are obtaining peer review of the biological report and the economic analysis that will inform the designation of critical habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment.


ID369 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/1/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID369


Title and Description:

Draft Recovery Plan for the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) - Revision

NMFS finalized a recovery plan for the blue whale in 1998, and in 2012 indicated its intent to update the plan. This draft revised recovery plan summarizes the best available information on blue whale natural history and the known and potential threats to the species. The document also describes a recovery strategy to address the potential threats and includes recovery goals and criteria. Once finalized, the plan will be used to direct U.S. activities and to encourage international cooperation to promote the recovery of this endangered species.

ID376 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/29/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID376


Title and Description:
Dwarf Seahorse Biological Assessment

The information and data in the biological assessment for the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) will be used to inform the status of the species throughout its range and the subsequent Endangered Species Act listing decision.  The biological assessment contains information on the dwarf seahorse’s life history and threats.  We are seeking peer review on the contents of the biological assessments to ensure that it contains the best available information and data on the dwarf seahorse’s life history, threats to the continued existence of the species throughout the range, the effect of the fishery, and any existing regulatory mechanisms that may be regulating threats.


ID: 239 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/8/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/3/2014 (peer review report, but not yet final work product)
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID239


Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for 7 Caribbean Corals Information Report

This report is part of the information basis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for 7 Caribbean corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species that require special management, and the specific areas containing the features, and (2) the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID346 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/2017
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID346


Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for 7 Indo-Pacific Corals Information Report


This report is part of the information basis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for 7 Indo-Pacific corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species that require special management, and the specific areas containing the features, and (2) the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID350 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/2017
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID350


NOTE: This project is being re-started and the item will be replaced with a new ID number, ID352,.

Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act draft status review report of two East Atlantic guitarfishes

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, two species of foreign guitarfishes petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. The two species of guitarfish are: Rhinobatos cemiculus and Rhinobatos rhinobatos

ID: 263 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act draft status review report for thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata)

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata), which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing as threatened or endangered under the Act.


ID365 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/21/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item:
ID365



Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, coelacanth, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act.

ID:305 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 12/30/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID305


 

Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Eastern Taiwan Strait population of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the Eastern Taiwan Strait (ETS) Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin population, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act.

ID: 278 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/25/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID278


Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act draft status review report for porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus)

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus), which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing as threatened or endangered under the Act.

ID:333 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3//1/2016
Actual Diissemination Date: 2/25/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID333


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Perspectives are provided on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 292 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 9/10/2014
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID292


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID:313 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/10/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/5/2015
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID313


 

Title and Description:
Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective is a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the October issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID354 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:11/5/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/15/2016
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID354


Title and Description:

Five-Year Review for Endangered Species Act of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

The information is a review of the recovery status of the Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), which is listed under the Endangered Species Act.  5-year reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act.

ID: 286 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/15//2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID286


 

Title and Description:
Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2016 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

This stock assessment reports the status of the trans-boundary coastal Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) resource off the west coast of the United States and Canada. The stock assessment is conducted and peer reviewed as outlined in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of American and the Government of Canada on Pacific hake / Whiting. This agreement formalizes past scientific and stock assessment collaboration through the creation of two scientific bodies: a Joint Technical Committee, charged with producing an annual stock assessment that includes scientific advice on the annual potential yield of the offshore hake/whiting resource that may be caught for that fishing year; and a Scientific Review Group, charged with providing an independent peer review of the Joint Technical Committee's scientific products.

The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be composed of up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (e.g. the United States and Canada) and two independent members appointed jointly from a list supplied by the Advisory Panel. The SRG will meet annually, or as often as required, to:
· Establish Scientific Review Group terms of reference for approval by the Joint Management Committee
· Review the stock assessment criteria and methods and survey methodologies used by the Joint Technical Committee
· Annually provide, by Mar. 1, unless otherwise specified by the Joint Management Committee, a written technical report of the stock assessment and its scientific advice on annual potential yield
· Perform other duties and functions as directed by the Joint Management Committee.

Additional information regarding the Pacific hake / Whiting Scientific Review Group and Joint Technical Committee, including current member composition and meeting documents, can be found on the Pacific hake/Whiting Treaty website: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Groundfish-Fishery-Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN

ID:334 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3//1/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/25/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID334


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2017 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

This stock assessment reports the status of the trans-boundary coastal Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) resource off the west coast of the United States and Canada. The stock assessment is conducted and peer reviewed as outlined in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of American and the Government of Canada on Pacific hake / Whiting. This agreement formalizes past scientific and stock assessment collaboration through the creation of two scientific bodies: a Joint Technical Committee, charged with producing an annual stock assessment that includes scientific advice on the annual potential yield of the offshore hake/whiting resource that may be caught for that fishing year; and a Scientific Review Group, charged with providing an independent peer review of the Joint Technical Committee's scientific products.
The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be composed of up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (e.g. the United States and Canada) and two independent members appointed jointly from a list supplied by the Advisory Panel. The SRG will meet annually, or as often as required, to:
· Establish Scientific Review Group terms of reference for approval by the Joint Management Committee
· Review the stock assessment criteria and methods and survey methodologies used by the Joint Technical Committee
· Annually provide, by Mar. 1, unless otherwise specified by the Joint Management Committee, a written technical report of the stock assessment and its scientific advice on annual potential yield
· Perform other duties and functions as directed by the Joint Management Committee.
Additional information regarding the Pacific hake / Whiting Scientific Review Group and Joint Technical Committee, including current member composition and meeting documents, can be found on the Pacific hake/Whiting Treaty website: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Groundfish-Fishery-Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN


ID374 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/22/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID374


Title and Description:
Lesser Electric Ray Status Review

The Lesser Electric Electric Ray (Narcine bancroftii) Status Review will be used in making an Endangered Species Act listing determination.

ID:325 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 7/31/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/3/2017
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID325


Title and Description:

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES – CREEL SURVEY
DOCUMENTATION

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recreational fisheries creel survey (LA Creel) data collection methods. In 2014, LDWF implemented the LA Creel survey to replace NOAA Fisheries recreational survey. This documentation outlines the survey program and is being reviewed for potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID341 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID341


Title and Description:
Operational Assessments of 20 Northeast Groundfish Stocks

In September 2015 the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) will carry out Operational Stock Assessments of 20 Atlantic groundfish stocks which occur off the NE coast of the US. These stocks are managed by the New England Fishery Management Council and are included in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The stocks were last assessed in 2008 and 2012. The assessments in 2015 will be peer reviewed by members of the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC), and comments from the review panel will be included in the final assessment report. The results will be published by the NEFSC and will serve as a basis for fishery management specifications starting in May 2016.

ID:321 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date:10/15//2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID321


Title and Description:
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDIFE – OCEAN RECREATIONAL BOAT SURVEY

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Ocean Recreational Boat Survey (ORBS) recreational fisheries data collection methods. The ORBS program conducts angler-intercept interviews and boat counts to collect data on kept and released fish and angler effort, as well as biological samples. In 2010, NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program sponsored an independent review of the ORBS. Since then, ODFW has pilot tested improvements recommended in that review. This documentation outlines the improved survey program and is being reviewed again for potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID342 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: Not given.
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID342


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 5 — A Tsunami Forecast Model for Newport, Oregon

NOAA’s tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Newport, Oregon forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Newport model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.


ID: 280 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID280


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: A Tsunami Forecast Model for Point Reyes, California

NOAA’s tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Point Reyes, California forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Point Reyes model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 283 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/1/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/15/2014
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID283


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 7—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Midway Atoll

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Midway Atoll forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Midway Atoll model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 289 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/8/2014
Contact Person:Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID289


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 8—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Nantucket, Massachusetts

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Nantucket forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Nantucket model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 290 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/18/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/18/2014
Contact Person:Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID290


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 9—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Santa Monica, California

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Santa Monica forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Santa Monica model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID: 299 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID299


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 10—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Arena Cove, California

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Arena Cove forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Arena Cove model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:300 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID300


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 11—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Kihei, Hawaii

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Kihei forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Kihei model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:301 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 3/27/2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID301


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 12—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Santa Barbara, California

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Kihei forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Kihei model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:318 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 9/9//2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID318


Title and Description:

PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series: Vol. 13—A Tsunami Forecast Model for Elfin Cove, Alaska

NOAA's tsunami forecast system combines numerical models with deep-ocean tsunami amplitudes observed at DART locations during tsunami propagation to produce estimates of tsunami wave arrival times, amplitudes, and coastal inundation. The Elfin Cove forecast model is one in a series of 75, each developed for integration into the NOAA tsunami forecast application for real-time forecast during a tsunami event. This report documents development of the Elfin Cove model, including rigorous testing and validation with historic and synthetic tsunami events.

ID:317 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual DIssemination Date: 9/4//2015
Contact Person: Tammy Adams Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID317


Title and Description:
Population genetics of Halophila johnsonii Eiseman

This is a final report delivered to NMFS that contains influential scientific information pertaining to the taxonomic status of Johnson's seagrass. The information is based on genetic analyses conducted in 2013 and 2014. While the lead authors of this report are in the process of modifying this information into peer reviewed journal articles, we (NMFS) are tasked with using the best information available to administer the Endangered Species Act. The information will be used to conduct a status review on the species, specifically evaluating its listing status.

Following comments received during the peer review NMFS decided not to publish the report to our website and not to proceed with a status review. Based on the peer review comments, the agency decided against publishing the report to our website and further decided to abort the intended status review.

ID:323 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 7/31/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID323


Title and Description:
Recovery Plan for Listed Indo-Pacific Corals

The recovery plan for listed Indo-Pacific corals will consist of three separate documents: the Species Status Assessment, which will review the biology, ecology, and threats to the species; the Recovery Enhancement Vision, which will include objective and measurable recovery criteria, a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve the species, and estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals; and the Recovery Implementation Strategy, which will provide detailed activities for implementing the recovery actions.

ID359 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/1/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID359


Title and Description:
Recovery Plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

The recovery plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale will consist of three separate documents: the Species Status Assessment, which will review the biology, ecology, and threats to the species; the Recovery Enhancement Vision, which will include objective and measurable recovery criteria, a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve the species, and estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals; and the Recovery Implementation Strategy, which will provide detailed activities for implementing the recovery actions.

ID360 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/1/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID360


Title and Description:
Replacement of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Steller Sea Lion -- Biological Report

Section 4 of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. It allows for the revision of existing critical habitat. Both designation and revision are required to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available. The Draft Biological Report for Identifying Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Steller Sea Lion presents information needed to determine if NMFS should replace currently designated critical habitat for Steller sea lions to account for the delisting of the Eastern DPS and to focus on identifying those specific geographical areas that meet the ESA's definition of critical habitat for the Western DPS. The intent of the report is to provide the best available information about; the geographical range of the species at the time of listing; its current range; its biology, ecology, and status necessary to identify those physical and biological features of its habitat that are essential to its conservation; whether those essential features may require special management considerations or protection; specific geographical locations where those physical and biological features are located; and whether there are unoccupied geographical areas that are essential to its conservation. This report will be considered by NOAA Fisheries in its decision about critical habitat for the Western DPS under Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

ID:332 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 5/1/2017
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID332


Title and Description:
Review of Length and Biomass Augmented Catch-MSY Assessment Methods

A large number of fish and invertebrate species listed in fisheries management plans have insufficient data to conduct routine stock assessments. Nearly all of the assessment methods for data-poor stocks rely solely on catch data, or one source of data for directly estimating population density. A modified integrated assessment model has been developed, focusing on developing extensions for the Catch-MSY method, or stock reduction analysis proposed by Martell and Froese (2012) and Taggart and Kimura (1982)and modified by Sabater & Kleiber (2014), by incorporating data other than catch times series that directly inform total mortality rates (e.g. changes in mean size), relative and absolute abundance estimates, and other life history information. This modified model is being applied to data-poor coral reef fish stocks throughout the Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. However these scientific analyses have not previously been applied for management purposes in the Pacific Islands Region, so there is a need to conduct an independent peer review of the analyses to improve the scientific basis for management.

ID339 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/31/2015 (no work product as of 5/17)
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID339


 

Title and Description:

SAW-SARC 61, 2016

A comprehensive Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) on Atlantic surfclam was conducted in July 2016. The Northeast Regional SAW is a formal, scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers. The SAW protocol is used to prepare and review assessments for fish stocks in the offshore US waters of the Northwest Atlantic. This represents the convening of the 61st SAW-SARC since the program's inception in 1985.


ID363 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/30/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID363


Title and Description:

SEDAR 41 South Atlantic red snapper and gray triggerfish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (South Atlantic red snapper and gray triggerfish) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: 276 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/17/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 3/18/2016
Contact Person: Michael LIdde lGet Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID276


 

Title and Description:

SEDAR 46 U.S. Caribbean Data-limited Species

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (U.S. Caribbean data-limited species) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID:326 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 3/28/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/25/2016
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID326


 

Title and Description:
SEDAR 47 Southeastern U.S. Goliath Grouper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Southeastern U.S. goliath grouper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID347 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/10/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/14/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID347


Title and Description:

SEDAR 48: Southeastern U.S. Black Grouper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Southeastern US Black Grouper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.


ID367 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/15/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
:Peer Revew Plab for this item: ID367


Title and Description:
SEDAR 49 Gulf of Mexico data-limited species

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico data-limited species: Red Drum, Lane Snapper, Wenchman, Yellowmouth Grouper, Speckled Hind, Snowy Grouper, Almaco Jack, Lesser Amberjack) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries


ID361 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/1/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/6/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID361


Title and Description:
SEDAR 50 Atlantic blueline tilefish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Atlantic blueline tilefish) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID356 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/26/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Informatiion
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID356


Title and Description:

SEDAR 51: Gulf of Mexico Gray Snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico gray snapper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID366 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/16/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID366


 

State of the Climate in 2014

I

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 291 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/16/2015
Actual Disseminiation Date: 6/26/2015 (for final product, 7/16/2015)
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID291


Title and Description:
State of the Climate in 2015.

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID355 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date (final work product, peer review report not available): 5/31/2016
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID355


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (Manta alfredi)

The status review for the giant and reef manta rays will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as their respective risks of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the giant manta ray and reef manta ray is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID353 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/10/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/12/2017
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID353


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of two guitarfishes

The draft status review report is a review of the biologicla and conservation status of, and the exiction risk to, two species of guitarfish, the common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) and the blackchin guitarfish (Rhinobatos cemiculus). Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. This peer review plan replaces peer review plan 263 which was posted on 5/15/2014 and was titled: Endangered Species Act draft status review report of two East Atlantic guitarfishes.

ID352 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/15/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID352


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

The status review for the chambered nautilus will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of this species as well as its respective risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the chambered nautilus is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID371 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 5/31/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID371


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (Manta alfredi)

The status review for the giant and reef manta rays will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as their respective risks of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the giant manta ray and reef manta ray is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.


ID362 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/10/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID362


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena)

The status review for the smooth hammerhead shark will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of this species as well as its respective risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the smooth hammerhead shark is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID:331 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 4/27/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 6/28/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID331


 

Title and Description:
Status Review for the Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas

 The Green Turtle Status Review combined and analyzed all biological information on the green turtle, identified potential Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the species, and reviewed the status (stable, increasing, declining) of each population.  The information in the  report was in the 12-Month Finding on the green turtle in response to a petition (to list the Hawaiian population as a DPS and delist it), and in a proposed rule to identify and list DPSs as endangered or threatened.

ID: 232 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 1/30/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID232


itle and Description:
Status Review of Hector's Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA)


This status review report is the scientific review of the biology, status, and future outlook for Cephalorhynchus hectori based on the best available data and information. This status review
also includes an analysis of threats to the species and makes conclusions regarding the extinction risk of the species. The intention of this status review report is to provide a thorough
and accurate review and analysis of the available information to inform a subsequent determination about whether this species warrants protection under the ESA.

ID351 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/3/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 9/15/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID351


 

Title and Description:
Status Review Report of the Common and Bigeye Thresher Sharks: Alopias vulpinus and Alopias superciliosus

The status review document for the thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus and A. superciliosus) will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID344 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/28/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID344


Title and Description:

Status Review Report of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)

The status review document for the oceanic whitetip shark will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID345 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1//2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID345


 

Title and Description:

Status Review Report of the Taiwanese humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis taiwanensis)

The status review document for the Taiwanese humpback dolphin will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID370 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID370

 


 

Title and Description:
Stock Assessment Updates of the Bottomfish Management Unit Species of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam in 2015 Using Data Through 2013

We conducted a strict stock assessment update of the Bottomfish Management Unit Species (BMUS) in Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands using the same base case production model as used in the previous stock assessment, but with an additional 3 years of catch and nominal CPUE as input data. A Bayesian statistical framework was applied to estimate parameters of a production model fit to a time series of annual CPUE statistics to provide direct estimates of parameter uncertainty for status determination. The surplus production model included both process error in biomass production dynamics and observation error in the catch-per-unit effort data. Overall, the American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Guam bottomfish complexes were not overfished (overfished is defined as B<0.7*BMSY) and were not experiencing overfishing (overfishing is defined as H>HMSY) in 2013, the most recent year of the stock assessment estimates.

We conducted stock projections for 2016 and 2017, which projected a range of hypothetical two-year catches and calculated corresponding risks of overfishing. For the American Samoa BMUS complex, the 2016 catch level that would produce a 50% risk of overfishing in 2016 was 137 thousand pounds. For the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands BMUS complex, the 2016 catch level that would produce a 50% risk of overfishing in 2016 was 304 thousand pounds. For the Guam BMUS complex, the 2016 catch level that would produce a 50% risk of overfishing in 2016 was 82 thousand pounds. All of these catch values associated with a 50% risk of overfishing in 2016 are much higher than actual bottomfish landings in 2013 for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam which were 23,630, 22,510, and 29,848 pounds, respectively. The assessment document to be reviewed is a draft NOAA Technical Memorandum.

ID:328 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 11/1/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/24/2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID328

 


 

Title and Description:
Summary of Biological Information and Economic Analysis Prepared for Consideration of Critical Habitat Designation for the Carolina and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic Sturgeon

The document is part of the process for designating critical habitat and contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the specific areas containing the features essential to the conservation of the species and essential features of critical habitat, and (2) the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID:336 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/16/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/2/2015
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID336

 


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2014)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.

ID: 253 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/1/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/5/2014
Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 8/20/2015
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item:
ID253



Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2015)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.

ID: 298 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 4/1//2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/20/2015
Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 6/14/2016
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID298


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2016)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.


ID364 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/24/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID364


Title and Description:

Title and Description:
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDIFE – OCEAN SAMPLING
PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Ocean Sampling Program (OSP) recreational fisheries data
collection methods. The WDFW OSP is a stratified, two-stage survey designed to estimate total ocean recreational fishery effort and catch by boat type (charter and private), port,
catch area, and trip type (primary target species). In 2010, NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program sponsored an independent review of the OSP. Since
then, WDFW has pilot tested improvements recommended in that review. This documentation outlines the improved survey program and is being reviewed again for
potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID343 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: Not given.
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID343