Scientific and Statistical Committee minutes

This is a compendium of summary minutes of meetings of the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).  Subject matter searches are enabled with the use of keywords.  The reports contained herein have been presented to the Pacific Council.  Italicized notes are for the SSC’s benefit to immortalize further thoughts and points relevant to SSC deliberations.

Finalized and approved SSC minutes

YearKey WordsApproved and Finalized Minutes
2022 MarchSalmon stock forecasts
Groundfish stock definitions
Limited entry fixed gear program review
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
California Current ecosystem report
Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives
Future workload planning
March 8-9, 2022
2021 NovemberGroundfish stock assessments
Salmon methodology review
Groundfish harvest specifications
BSIA framework
Future workload planning
November 15-16, 2021
2021 SeptemberGroundfish stock assessment methodology review
Groundfish stock assessments
Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review
Climate and Communities initiative
Council Operating Procedures
Groundfish harvest specifications
Future workload planning
September 8-9, 2021
2021 JuneSONCC
Pacific mackerel assessment
CSNA management framework
Limited entry fixed gear program review
Groundfish stock assessments
BSIA framework
Council Operating Procedures
Future workload planning
June 23-24, 2021
2021 AprilSalmon methodology review topic selection
CPS exempted fishing permits
Pacific sardine assessment
Research and data needs
Council Operating Procedures
Future workload planning
April 6-7, 2021
2021 MarchHMS harvest specifications
California Current ecosystem report
Salmon stock forecasts
Future workload planning
March 2 and 3, 2021
2020 NovemberSablefish MSE
CPS exempted fishing permits
HMS harvest specifications
BSIA framework
Research and Data Needs
Future workload planning
November 12-13, 2020
2020 SeptemberGroundfish stock assessment methodology review
Pacific sardine rebuilding plan
Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review
Research and Data Needs
California Current ecosystem report topic selection
Future workload planning
September 9-10, 2020
2020 JuneGroundfish stock assessment priorities
Pacific sardine rebuilding plan
Research and Data Needs
Future workload planning
June 10-11, 2020
2020 AprilPacific sardine assessment
Research and Data Needs
Future workload planning
April 4, 2020
2020 MarchCalifornia Current ecosystem report
Climate and Communities initiative
Willapa Bay coho methodology review
Salmon stock forecasts
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review
Research and Data Needs
Future workload planning
March 3-4, 2020
2019 MarchCalifornia Current ecosystem report
California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA)
Climate and Communities initiative
Rockfish steepness prior
Groundfish sigma
Salmon rebuilding plans
Salmon stock forecasts
Sacramento River Fall Chinook
Klamath River Fall Chinook
Central subpopulation of northern anchovy (CSNA)
CSNA litigation
Future workload planning
March 6-7, 2019
2019 AprilCPS exempted fishing permits
Pacific sardine assessment
CSNA management framework
CSNA litigation
Acoustic Trawl Methodology
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Fishery Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM)
Willapa Bay coho forecast
Salmon rebuilding plans
Sacramento River Fall Chinook
Klamath River Fall Chinook
Groundfish methodology reviews
Groundfish sigma
Rockfish steepness prior
Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments
Future workload planning
April 10-11, 2019
2019 JuneCPS stock assessment priorities
Central subpopulation of northern anchovy (CSNA) assessment
Pacific mackerel assessment
Salmon rebuilding plans
Sacramento River Fall Chinook
Klamath River Fall Chinook
Queets coho
Snohomish River coho
Juan de Fuca coho
Yellowfin tuna overfishing response
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
Deep set buoy gear
Groundfish sigma
Future workload planning
June 19-20, 2019
2019 SeptemberCalifornia Current ecosystem report topic selection
Albacore distribution
Transition Zone Chlorophyll Front
Salmon stoplight indicators
Spatial indicators of bottom contact by trawl gear and fixed gear
Climate and Communities initiative
Groundfish stock assessments
Cabezon stock assessment
Longnose skate stock assessment
Big skate stock assessment
Sablefish stock assessment
Cowcod stock assessment
Gopher and black-and-yellow rockfishes stock assessment
Petrale sole stock assessment update
Widow rockfish stock assessment update
Black rockfish catch-only projection
Blackgill rockfish catch-only projection
Blue and deacon rockfishes catch-only projection
Darkblotched rockfish catch-only projection
Dover sole catch-only projection
Lingcod catch-only projection
Rougheye and blackspotted rockfishes catch-only projection
Longspine thornyhead catch-only projection
China rockfish catch-only projection
Canary rockfish catch-only projection
Shortspine thornyhead catch-only projection
Yelloweye rockfish catch report
Groundfish harvest specifications
NMFS strategic plan
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Salmon rebuilding plans
Groundfish harvest specifications phase-in approach
Groundfish methodology reviews
Future workload planning
September 11-13, 2019
2019 NovemberCSNA management framework
Acoustic-Trawl method (ATM)
Aerial survey methodology
Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act
Groundfish harvest specifications
Area apportionment of sablefish ACLs
CPS methodology review topic selection
Salmon methodology reviews
Upper Columbia Summer Chinook exploitation rate
Willapa Bay natural coho forecast method
Fishery Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM)
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) risk assessment
Future workload planning
November 14-15, 2019
2018 MarchSalmon stock forecasts
Sacramento River Fall Chinook (SRFC)
Klamath River Fall Chinook (KRFC)
Queets coho
Juan de Fuca coho
Snohomish River coho
Upper Columbia River Summer Chinook
California Current ecosystem report
Community-level recreational fishery engagement and reliance indices
J-SCOPE approach for short-term forecasts of ocean conditions and species distribution
Indicators of shifts in groundfish distributions
Forage community composition indicator
Drivers of albacore distribution
Sablefish MSE
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Sablefish stock assessment
Cowcod stock assessment
Cabezon stock assessment in Oregon and California
Longnose skate stock assessment
Big skate stock assessment
Gopher and black-and-yellow rockfishes stock assessment
Dover sole stock assessment
Pacific cod stock assessment
Southern yellowtail rockfish stock assessment
Petrale sole update stock assessment
Widow rockfish update stock assessment
Vermilion and sunset rockfishes stock assessment
Brown rockfish stock assessment
Copper rockfish stock assessment
Quillback rockfish stock assessment
Bank rockfish stock assessment
Black rockfish stock assessment
Lingcod stock assessment
Yelloweye rockfish catch report
Groundfish Stock Assessment Terms of Reference (TOR)
Groundfish harvest specifications
Revised Overfishing Limits for Lingcod
Revised 2020 Overfishing Limit for Bocaccio
CSNA management
Process for Review of Reference Points for Monitored Stocks
Future workload planning
March 8-9, 2018
2018 AprilCPS exempted fishing permits
CPS Acoustic Trawl Survey methodology review
CPS review of reference points for monitored stocks
Central Subpopulation of Northern Anchovy (CSNA) long-term MSY
Pacific sardine assessment
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Chinook Fisheries Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM)
Groundfish EFH
Groundfish FMP Amendment 28
Future workload planning
April 5-6, 2018
2018 JuneGroundfish and CPS stock assessment terms of reference
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Sablefish stock assessment
Cowcod stock assessment
Cabezon stock assessment in Oregon and California
Longnose skate stock assessment
Big skate stock assessment
Gopher and black-and-yellow rockfishes stock assessment
Dover sole stock assessment
Pacific cod stock assessment
Southern yellowtail rockfish stock assessment
Petrale sole update stock assessment
Widow rockfish update stock assessment
Vermilion and sunset rockfishes stock assessment
Brown rockfish stock assessment
Copper rockfish stock assessment
Quillback rockfish stock assessment
Bank rockfish stock assessment
Black rockfish stock assessment
Lingcod stock assessment
Yelloweye rockfish catch report
BSIA framework
Research and Data Needs
Future workload planning
Review of Proposed Sigma Methodologies
Review of Nearshore Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Survey Designs and Methodologies
Review of Historical Catch Reconstructions of Skate Species
Data-Limited Tool-Kit Review
California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Indicator Review
June 7, 2018
2018 SeptemberSalmon methodology review topic selection
Research and Data Needs
Council Operating Procedures
Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review
Climate and Communities initiative
Drift gillnet performance metrics methodology
Random forest regression tree bycatch estimates
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Stock Assessment Terms of Reference
Groundfish methodology review topic selection
Fourier-transform Near-infrared Spectroscopy (FT-NIRS) analysis of otoliths and vertebrae
Groundfish science improvements
Catch Estimation Methodology Review
Drivers of albacore distribution
California and Oregon nearshore remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey methodology review
Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments
Data-Limited workshop
Future workload planning
September 6-7, 2018
2018 NovemberSalmon rebuilding plans
CPS management categories
CPS stock assessment priorities
Central Subpopulation of Northern Anchovy (CSNA)
HMS harvest specifications
HMS status determination criteria
Future workload planning
November 2-3, 2018
2017 MarchCalifornia Current ecosystem report
Sablefish ecosystem indicators
Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives review
Salmon stock forecasts
Salmon ESA consultation for groundfish fisheries
Groundfish science workshops and methodology reviews
Groundfish economic analyses informing EFH actions
Future workload planning
March 7-8, 2017
2017 AprilSalmon methodology review topic selection
CSNA management framework
Pacific sardine assessment
CPS methodology review topic selection
Future workload planning
April 6-7, 2017
2017 JunePacific mackerel assessment
CPS aerial survey methodology review
Groundfish trawl catch shares review
Groundfish intersector allocation review
Groundfish trawl catch shares discard survival credits for sablefish and lingcod
Groundfish stock assessments
Groundfish harvest specifications
BSIA framework
Future workload planning
June 8-9, 2017
2017 SeptemberCPS aerial survey methodology review
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Sacramento River Winter Chinook control rule
Groundfish science improvements
Groundfish stock assessment methodology review topic selection
Climate vulnerability assessment
Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives
Groundfish stock assessments
Groundfish harvest specifications
Future workload planning
September 12-13, 2017
2017 NovemberSalmon methodology reviews
CPS exempted fishing permits
Groundfish stock assessments
Groundfish harvest specifications
Groundfish science improvements topic selection
Groundfish stock assessment methodology review topic selection
Electronic monitoring
Pacific halibut discard rates
Future workload planning
November 14-15, 2017
2016 MarchCalifornia Current ecosystem report
Salmon stock forecasts
Ecosystem Indicator Review initiative
Groundfish trawl catch share program gear regulations
Chinook FRAM
Salmon management objectives
Salmon test fishery alternatives
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Future workload planning
March 8-9, 2016
2016 AprilPacific sardine assessment
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Groundfish stock assessment prioritization
Future workload planning
April 9, 2016
2016 JuneGroundfish trawl catch shares review
Groundfish stock assessment prioritization
Groundfish trawl catch share program gear regulation management lines
Groundfish harvest specifications
Council Operating Procedures
CPS assessment workshop
Future workload planning
June 22-23, 2016
2016 SeptemberFishery Ecosystem Plan ecosystem indicators initiative
Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Roadmap
CPS MSSTs
CSNA management framework
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Groundfish methodology review topic selection
Groundfish mid-biennium ACL adjustment and rebuilding harvest rate adjustment policies
Groundfish trawl catch shares review
Groundfish intersector allocation review
Future workload planning
September 14-15, 2016
2016 NovemberSalmon methodology reviews
CSNA stock assessment
Groundfish methodology review topic selection
CPS methodology review topic selection
Groundfish trawl catch shares review
Groundfish intersector allocation review
Groundfish EFH
National Standard 1 guidelines
Future workload planning
November 15-16, 2016
2015 MarchHMS exempted fishing permits
California Current ecosystem report
Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives
Salmon stock forecasts
Legislative matters
Albacore MSE
Drift gillnet hard caps
Future workload planning
March 7-8, 2015
2015 AprilGroundfish harvest specifications
Groundfish set-asides
Big skate
Pacific sardine assessment
CPS methodology review COP
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Groundfish methodology review COP
Ocean Modeling Forum
Groundfish rebuilding revision rules MSE
National Standard 1, 3, and 7 guidelines
Future workload planning
April 10-11, 2015
2015 JuneGroundfish stock assessments
Groundfish rebuilding revision rules
CPS litigation
Pacific mackerel assessment
HMS exempted fishing permits
Swordfish management plan and hard caps
Big skate discard rates
Legislative matters
Fishery-specific habitat objectives
Future workload planning
June 11-12, 2015
2015 SeptemberFishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Swordfish management plan and hard caps
Groundfish methodology review topic selection
Groundfish science improvements topic selection
Groundfish stock assessments
Groundfish EFH
Groundfish harvest specifications
Future workload planning
September 10-11, 2015
2015 NovemberSalmon methodology reviews
Pacific sardine distribution workshop
CSNA status
CPS methodology review topic selection
Groundfish stock assessments
Groundfish harvest specifications
Trawl IFQ projection model
Whiting fishery bycatch bootstrap model
Future workload planning
November 13-14, 2015
2014 MarchCalifornia Current ecosystem report
Barotrauma device mortality rates
Groundfish EFH
Pacific sardine temperature parameter review
Salmon stock forecasts
Sacramento Winter Chinook biological opinion
California coastal Chinook
Groundfish harvest specifications
Cowcod rebuilding analysis
Kelp greenling
Cabezon
China rockfish
Future workload planning
March 7-8, 2014
2014 AprilLimited entry fixed gear sablefish catch share program review
Groundfish harvest specifications
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Lower Columbia natural coho harvest rate matrix review
Protecting unfished and unmanaged forage fish species initiative
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Pacific sardine assessment
Electronic monitoring
Groundfish exempted fishing permits
Future workload planning
April 4-5, 2014
2014 JuneAlbacore tuna
Groundfish exempted fishing permits
Limited entry fixed gear sablefish program review
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Cowcod
Atlantis modeling
Pacific mackerel harvest specifications
Future workload planning
June 19-20, 2014
2014 SeptemberWest Coast Region regional electronic technologies implementation plan
Groundfish exempted fishing permits
Pacific sardine harvest fraction
Lower Columbia River coho harvest matrix
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
West Coast Groundfish Observer Program
Groundfish impact projection models
Future workload planning
September 11-12, 2014
2014 NovemberGroundfish harvest specifications
Yellowtail rockfish
Sharpchin rockfish
Rex sole
English sole
Groundfish methodology review process COP
COP25
Salmon methodology reviews
Willapa Bay natural coho
Grays Harbor fall Chinook
FRAM
Southern Oregon Coastal Chinook
IOPAC
Groundfish Economic Data Collection Program
Pacific sardine harvest fraction
CPS methodology review topic selection
Electronic technology plan
Atlantis model
National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Region Strategic Plan
Albacore tuna
Stock assessment steepness
Future workload planning
November 13-14, 2014
2013 MarchStatus determination criteria for data-moderate groundfish stocks
Research and Data Needs
Salmon stock forecasts
Fishery Ecosystem Plan
CPS exempted fishing permits
Groundfish FMP Amendment 24
Groundfish recreational CPUE indices
Groundfish hook and line survey index
Groundfish trawl survey indices
Rockfish steepness prior
Future workload planning
March 6-7, 2013
2013 AprilGroundfish stock complexes
Barotrauma device mortality rates
Groundfish EFH
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Fishery Ecosystem Plan
Electronic monitoring
Pacific sardine harvest parameters workshop
Sardine season start date
Legislative matters
Future workload planning
April 5-6, 2013
2013 JuneAlbacore tuna
Groundfish stock assessments
Bocaccio
Petrale sole
Darkblotched rockfish
Pacific ocean perch
Canary rockfish
Yelloweye rockfish
Data-moderate assessments
Brown rockfish
Copper rockfish
China rockfish
Rex sole
English sole
Sharpchin rockfish
Stripetail rockfish
Yellowtail rockfish
Groundfish Economic Data Collection Program
Trawl rationalization trailing actions
Groundfish harvest specifications
Oregon recreational groundfish impact projection model
Washington recreational groundfish impact projection model
California recreational groundfish impact projection model
RecFISH
Non-nearshore impact projection model
Nearshore impact projection model
IOPAC
Groundfish stock complexes
Pacific mackerel assessment
Sardine season start date
Pacific sardine harvest parameters
Future workload planning
June 19-20, 2013
2013 SeptemberPacific halibut bycatch
Groundfish stock assessments
Aurora rockfish
Rougheye and blackspotted rockfishes
Shortspine Thornyhead
Longspine thornyhead
Cowcod
Pacific sanddab
Brown rockfish
Copper rockfish
China rockfish
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Oregon coastal natural coho matrix
Lower Columbia River coho matrix
Willapa Bay coho
Southern Oregon Coastal Chinook
FRAM
Salmon EFH
Salmon FMP Amendment 18
Groundfish science improvements
Historical catch reconstruction
Data reweighting
Stock productivity modeling
BMSY proxies
Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3
Legislative matters
Groundfish harvest specifications
Proxy FMSY spawning potential ratio for elasmobranchs
Groundfish rebuilding revision rules MSE
Groundfish stock complexes
Groundfish data-poor assessment methods MSE
Future workload planning
September 11-13, 2013
2013 NovemberSalmon methodology reviews
Lower Columbia River coho matrix
Oregon coastal natural coho matrix
Willapa Bay coho
Southern Oregon Coastal Chinook
Sacramento Fall Chinook forecast methodologies
FRAM
CPS exempted fishing permits
Northern anchovy MSY
CPS methodology review topic selection
Pacific sardine aerial survey
Pacific sardine assessment
Groundfish EFH
Groundfish stock assessments
Cowcod rebuilding analysis
Brown rockfish
Copper rockfish
China rockfish
Limited entry fixed gear sablefish program review
Groundfish harvest specifications
Other Fish complex
Kelp greenling
Cabezon
Canary rockfish
Rougheye and blackspotted rockfishes
Cowcod
Atlantis model
Electronic monitoring
Future workload planning
October 31 - November 1, 2013
2012 MarchGroundfish stock assessment priorities
Bocaccio
Data-moderate assessment methods
Stock assessment terms of reference
Methodology review terms of reference
Groundfish rebuilding analysis terms of reference
Groundfish FMP Amendment 24
Groundfish harvest specifications
Other Fish complex
Groundfish exempted fishing permits
Trawl rationalization trailing actions
CPS exempted fishing permits
Salmon stock forecasts
Sacramento Fall Chinook rebuilding plan
Strait of Juan de Fuca coho rebuilding plan
Salmon EFH
Future workload planning
March 1-2, 2012
2012 AprilGroundfish methodology reviews
COAST acoustic survey for rockfish
Oregon recreational groundfish impact projection model
IOPAC
CPS exempted fishing permits
Northwest aerial sardine survey
Salmon methodology review topic selection
FRAM
Sacramento Fall Chinook forecast methodologies
California Coastal Chinook
Mark-selective coho fisheries
Trawl rationalization trailing actions
Groundfish EFH
Groundfish harvest specifications
Future workload planning
April 1, 2012
2012 JuneBarotrauma discard mortality rates
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Bocaccio
Albacore tuna
Groundfish exempted fishing permits
Trawl rationalization trailing actions
Catch shares in the mothership and shoreside Pacific whiting fisheries
CPS methodology review topic selection
Fishery Ecosystem Plan methodology review topic selection
National Standard 1 guidelines
Future workload planning
June 20-21, 2012
2012 SeptemberResearch and Data Needs
Salmon methodology review topic selection
California Coastal Chinook
Sacramento Fall chinook forecast
Sacramento Winter Chinook
Washington coast coho
Oregon coastal natural coho matrix
Coho mark-selective fishery
FRAM
Salmon EFH
Salmon FMP Amendment 18
Pacific halibut bycatch
Groundfish stock assessment priorities
Groundfish data-moderate assessment methods
Catch shares in the mothership and shoreside Pacific whiting fisheries
Groundfish EFH
Future workload planning
September 13-14, 2012
2012 NovemberCPS exempted fishing permits
Pacific sardine assessment
Salmon methodology reviews
Washington coast coho
Oregon coastal natural coho matrix
Coho mark-selective fishery
FRAM
Longnose skate discard mortality rates
Spiny dogfish discard mortality rates
Groundfish data-moderate assessments
Groundfish FMP Amendment 24
Barotrauma device mortality rates
Cowcod discard mortality rates
Yelloweye rockfish discard mortality rates
Fishery Ecosystem Plan
Integrated ecosystem assessment
California Current ecosystem report
Future workload planning
November 2-3, 2012
2011 MarchCPS exempted fishing permits
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan review
Ecosystem-based Fishery Management Plan
Salmon stock forecasts
Salmon stocks not meeting conservation objectives
Sacramento Fall Chinook overfishing assessment
Pacific whiting assessment
Future workload planning
March 4-5, 2011
2011 AprilCPS exempted fishing permits
CPS survey methodology review
Environmental parameters in Pacific sardine harvest control rules
Groundfish EFH
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Groundfish harvest specifications
Salmon EFH
Review of assessments for species under international agreements
Future workload planning
April 8-9, 2011
2011 JuneSalmon FMP Amendment 16
Groundfish stock assessments
Bocaccio update assessment
Darkblotched rockfish update assessment
Canary rockfish update assessment
Yelloweye rockfish update assessment
Cowcod catch report
Data-poor assessment methods
Groundfish harvest specifications
North Pacific albacore fisheries economic analysis
Trawl rationalization trailing actions
Pacific mackerel assessment
Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan
Future workload planning
June 7-9, 2011
2011 SeptemberAlbacore tuna assessment
Groundfish stock assessments
Pacific ocean perch assessment
Petrale sole assessment
Sablefish assessment
Spiny dogfish assessment
Dover sole assessment
Widow rockfish assessment
Greenspotted rockfish assessment
Blackgill rockfish assessment
Groundfish harvest specifications
Landings distribution model (LDM) review
Groundfish science improvements topic selection
Data-poor assessment methods
Assessment post-mortem workshop
Groundfish historical catch reconstruction
B0 and harvest control rules workshop
Acoustic ROV workshop
Transboundary stocks workshop
Pacific halibut bycatch
Columbia River Tule and Sacramento River Winter Chinook Management
Salmon methodology review topic selection
Future workload planning
September 13-15, 2011
2011 NovemberSalmon methodology reviews
Lower Columbia River tule fall Chinook
Sacramento Winter run Chinook
Coho FRAM
Mark-selective salmon fisheries
Groundfish stock assessments
Bocaccio assessment
Darkblotched rockfish assessment
Widow rockfish assessment
Pacific ocean perch rebuilding analysis
Petrale sole rebuilding analysis
Canary rockfish rebuilding analysis
Yelloweye rockfish rebuilding analysis
Bocaccio rebuilding analysis
Darkblotched rockfish rebuilding analysis
Groundfish harvest specifications
Data-poor assessment methods
Assessment post-mortem workshop
Groundfish historical catch reconstruction
B0 and harvest control rules workshop
Acoustic ROV workshop
Transboundary stocks workshop
CPS trawl survey methodology review
Pacific sardine assessment
Fishery Ecosystem Management Plan
Integrated Ecosystem Assessment report
Future workload planning
November 1-2, 2011