The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Pacific sardine stock assessment review (STAR) panel Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in La Jolla, California. The meeting is open to the public. On Thursday, March 6, there will be a meeting to summarize and characterize the data and surveys available for future coastal pelagic species (CPS) stock assessments.
The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a full stock assessment for Pacific sardine. The last full stock assessment was in 2011, with updates completed in 2012 and 2013. The review panel will consist of two members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species, plus two independent experts. The Council will use the 2014 assessment to establish Pacific sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2014-15 fishing year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015. Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.
The purpose of the data availability meeting is to identify likely sources of fisheries data and surveys that can potentially be used in future assessments for Pacific sardine, Pacific mackerel, northern anchovy, and jack mackerel.
The meeting schedule is as follows:
March 3: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 4: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 5: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 6: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Data Availability Meeting)
The meetings will be held at the following location:
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least five days prior to the meeting date.
If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.