Five Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Five Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR Panel will review new data-moderate assessments for brown rockfish, China rockfish, copper rockfish, English sole, rex sole, sharpchin rockfish, stripetail rockfish, vermilion rockfish, and yellowtail rockfish. The second STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish. The third STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for rougheye and aurora rockfish. The fourth STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for shortspine and longspine thornyheads. The fifth STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for cowcod and Pacific sanddabs.

Purpose of the STAR Panels

The purpose of the Stock Assessment Review Panels is to review draft 2013 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for stock assessments using data-moderate methods as well as category 1 benchmark stock assessments for petrale sole, darkblotched rockfish, rougheye rockfish, aurora rockfish, shortspine thornyhead, longspine thornyhead, cowcod, and Pacific sanddabs; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce Stock Assessment Review Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2015-16 fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June meeting in Garden Grove, California and its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

STAR Panel Meeting Dates and Times

The data-moderate STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, April 26, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 17, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The rougheye and aurora rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 12, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The shortspine and longspine thornyheads STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 22, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 26, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The cowcod and Pacific sanddabs STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, August 9, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Meeting Locations

The data-moderate STAR Panel meeting, as well as the cowcod and Pacific sanddabs STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

The Silver Cloud University Inn
5036 25th Avenue N.E.
Seattle Washington 98105
206-526-5200

Driving Directions

The rougheye and aurora rockfish STAR Panel meeting, as well as the shortspine and longspine thornyheads STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200

Driving Directions

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location. Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities. Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-961-8475 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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