Resources: Research and Data Needs

Research and Data Needs Document

For 2017-2018 revisions, the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) streamlined the process listed under Council Operating Procedure 12 in response to the anticipated heavy Council and SSC workload. At the November 2017 Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California, the SSC reviewed the initial draft document and planned the development of a revised draft for public review. At the April 2018 Council meeting briefing book deadline, the SSC released a revised draft for Council advisory body review. At the June 2018 Council meeting in Spokane, Washington, the Council reviewed the revised draft and received comments and recommendations from its advisory bodies and the public before adopting a draft for public review. At the September Council meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Council approved this final document which records and communicates the Council’s research and data needs through 2023 to ensure continued well-informed Council decision-making into the future and to fulfill the Council’s responsibilities under the MSA.

Research and Data Needs Overview

Fisheries management depends on good scientific information. In its decisionmaking process, the Council relies on data developed by Federal, state, and academic scientists. Scientists serve on the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC); on technical teams and management teams; on Stock Assessment Review panels and on other advisory bodies.

The Council often identifies research and data needs on an impromptu basis. In addition, the Council has a routine process for identifying research and data needs. Council Operating Procedure 12 outlines the Council’s process for documenting research and data needs and the schedule for completing and communicating these needs to organizations which may be able to support additional research. Updates to research and data needs documents are timed to influence the annual operating plans and budget requests of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The documents also provide information about the Council’s needs to other researchers, agencies and institutions.

At least every five years, the Council staff present an updated version of the Research and Data Needs document(s) to the SSC for review. After the documents are approved, they are sent to NMFS, regional Sea Grant institutions, and other institutions and agencies. This schedule is not binding, and may be changed depending on other Council staffing needs.

Social Science in the Pacific Fishery Management Council Process

White Paper: “Social Science in the Pacific Fishery Management Council Process”

This white paper addresses non-economic social science needs in the fisheries management process. Many federal rules mandate the consideration of social information in fisheries decision making. In addition, social science can be used for non-mandated purposes such as to improve outreach and education efforts, increase participation by stakeholders, and increase the effectiveness of enforcement. The white paper summarizes how regional fishery management councils and other natural resource agencies use social science; provides a brief history of social science use in the Pacific Council process; and describes federal mandates for social science, current social science efforts, barriers to using social science in the council process, and social science information needs for the Pacific Council.

For further information

If you have further questions regarding the Research and Data Needs document and/or process, please contact Mr. John DeVore, Council staff, 503-820-2413; or toll free 1-866-806-7204 ext. 413; email: