The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a virtual meeting to review the 2023 groundfish stock assessment process and discuss process improvements for the next stock assessment cycle, review proposed revisions to the Terms of Reference for the Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Process for 2025 and 2026, review proposed revisions to the Terms of Reference for the Groundfish Rebuilding Analysis for 2025 and 2026, and update the Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments document. The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, 2024 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. Pacific Time or until business for the day has been completed. This meeting is being conducted remotely with a web broadcast that provides the opportunity for remote public comment. In the event an outage occurs or technical issues arise that impact the experience of remote attendees, we will attempt to resolve them but ultimately we cannot guarantee that they will be resolved satisfactorily.
Purpose of the meeting
The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee’s meeting includes, a.) review proposed changes to the Terms of Reference for the Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Process for 2025 and 2026, and Terms of Reference for the Groundfish Rebuilding Analysis for 2025 and 2026, that will inform the process for conducting and reviewing groundfish assessments and rebuilding analyses in the next cycle, b.) review proposed changes to the Accepted Practices Guidelines for Stock Assessments in 2025 and 2026, which is a compilation of guidelines for groundfish stock assessment scientists, and c.) to review and evaluate the 2023-2024 groundfish stock assessment review process to solicit process improvements for future reviews. Stock assessment teams and review participants are encouraged to attend, as well as members of the Pacific Council’s groundfish advisory bodies in order to prepare their recommendations to the Pacific Council.
No management actions will be decided by the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee. Process improvement recommendations and proposed changes to the Terms of Reference and Accepted Practices Guidelines documents will first be considered during this online meeting, with a Groundfish Subcommittee post-meeting report to the full SSC at their March 2024 meeting and their recommended changes to the Terms of Reference scheduled for preliminary Pacific Council adoption for public review. The Pacific Council is scheduled to adopt a final Terms of Reference for the 2025-2026 stock assessment cycle at their June 2024 meeting in San Diego, California.
The following documents were utilized in the 2023-2024 groundfish stock assessment review process and provide starting templates for proposed revisions to be updated for the 2025-2026 cycle, which will be discussed at this meeting.
The following preliminary reports are being provided for reference related to STAR Panel feedback, with final CIE reports available and archived on the CIE website, under 2023 CIE Peer Review Reports at: https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/science-quality-assurance/cie-peer-reviews/peer-review-reports.
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