Catch Estimation Methodology Review Meeting to be Held March 28-29 in Santa Cruz, CA

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a meeting to review a new method proposed to improve catch estimation methods in sparsely sampled mixed stock fisheries.  The Catch Estimation Methodology Review meeting is open to the public and may be streamed online as a “listen only” webinar.

The Catch Estimation Methodology Review meeting will commence at 8:30 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 and continue until 5 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.  The meeting will reconvene on Thursday, March 29, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT and continuing as necessary to complete business for the day.


Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the Catch Estimation Methodology Review meeting is to review a proposed method for estimating catch of species in sparsely sampled mixed-stock commercial groundfish fisheries.  The methodology proponents have developed a Bayesian hierarchical model to estimate species compositions with accurate measures of uncertainty of historical catches landed in mixed species assemblages or market categories.  Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the chair.

Meeting Locations

The Catch Estimation Methodology Review meeting will be held at the following location on March 28:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Driving Directions

On March 29, the meeting will be held at the following location (next door to the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center):

The Center for Ocean Health Library, Ocean Health Building Room 201
University of California Santa Cruz
115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Driving Directions

Listen-Only Webinar Option

Although this meeting will be conducted as an in-person meeting, there may also be a “listen-only” webinar option.

  1. To attend the “listen-only” webinar, visit:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 942-468-499
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)
  4. You may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.  If you do not have a headset or speakers, you may use your telephone to listen to the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321 
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  580-006-830.

Technical Information: System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

NOTES: There will be no technical assistance available for the “listen only” webinar.  If there are technical difficulties, the broadcast may end and may not be restarted.

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 541-867-0535 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, ext. 411 at least ten 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.