Support for updating stock assessments in the Southeastern US

Genevieve Nesslage, Thomas Miller,University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

ABSTRACT

Stock assessments involve the development of statistical and mathematical models that produce quantitative predictions about the response of fish stocks to exploitation, and are the primary tool NOAA uses to address its strategic goal of maintaining healthy oceans through the implementation of strategies that rebuild and sustainably manage natural fish stocks. In order to effectively manage fish stocks, NOAA regularly updates its stock assessments with the most recent catch statistics, survey data, and life history information available. The primary aim of this project is to assist in data preparation, analysis, programming, and modeling work needed to support stock assessment updates being conducted by the SEFSC Beaufort Laboratory. Project products and results may also be used to inform stock assessment activities being conducted at other NOAA Fisheries Centers.