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Report of the CFMC’s Science and Statistics Committee. Held march 14-15, 2012 San Juan. Subjects Discussed. Fisher Monitoring Program Research Needs Sub-Committee Queen Conch SEDAR 26 Review Options for Parrotfish Accountability Measures Parrotfish Status Determination.

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Report of the cfmc s science and statistics committee

Report of the CFMC’s Science and Statistics Committee

Held march 14-15, 2012

San Juan


Subjects discussed

Subjects Discussed

  • Fisher Monitoring Program

  • Research Needs Sub-Committee

  • Queen Conch

  • SEDAR 26 Review

  • Options for Parrotfish Accountability Measures

  • Parrotfish Status Determination


Review of fishery monitoring

Review of Fishery Monitoring

  • Letters to DPNR and DNER

    • Stress importance of timely monitoring

    • Give background for rationale & benefits

  • Outreach for Fishers

    • Develop Strategies, Implement

  • Projections of landings from NMFS

    • SSC Review methodology


Review of fishery monitoring1

Review of Fishery Monitoring

  • Implement validation of trip tickets

  • Stratified random sampling of TIP

    • SEFSC advise and train local agencies

  • Monitoring ACLs-What if exceeded

    • If data show can re-open- How is this done?

    • How quickly can it be done?

    • Framework approach? What mechanism?

    • What are response options?


Research needs sub committee

Research Needs Sub-Committee

  • Recommended two members for committee

  • Prioritize research goals & objectives

  • Use SEDARs and other sources

  • 5-year plan


Queen conch

Queen Conch

  • Deepwater conch assessment

    • 30-50 m; high density; 10,000 at ALS

    • Adults only, reproduction observed

  • Research recommendations (spawning stock)

    • Extent of resource

    • Extent of reproduction

    • Larval transport at shelf-edge

    • Relative population size

    • Population stability


Queen conch1

Queen Conch

  • Petition to list under Endangered Species Act

    • Decision to list is not “fisheries management”

    • But has strong management implications

    • Should base on scientific information that is objective, transparent, inclusive, quality assured

    • Request description of process used by NMFS

    • Have role for SSC in process


Sedar 26 review queen and silk snappers redtail parrotfish

SEDAR 26 ReviewQueen and Silk SnappersRedtail Parrotfish

  • Length-based methods, data limitations

  • No evidence of overfishing

  • SSC endorses SEDAR 26 results and consensus of Center for Independent Experts


Options for parrotfish accountability measures

Options for Parrotfish Accountability Measures

  • 3 reasons for exceeding ACL

    • Excess fishing

    • Change in data collection

    • ACL set too low relative to stock size

  • Need scientific process to assess cause

  • Options for accountability measures

    • Trip limits

    • Size restrictions

    • In-season management


Parrotfish status determination

Parrotfish Status Determination

  • Grazing species and endangered coral health

    • Need objective, transparent, inclusive review

  • Recommendations for SEDARs

    • Age and growth data critical

      • Queen triggerfish & blue tang

  • Future SEDARs

    • White grunt; stoplight parrotfish; STX parrotfish; doctorfish; yellowtail snapper


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