Strategic application of an Atlantis ecosystem model for Gulf shrimp (ID444)

Description: In collaboration with a Sea Grant funded proposal, the SEFSC and partners invested in the development of a 2012 Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Atlantis model (from 2012-2014), with the intention of using model outputs to provide managers with strategic advice. The utility of using Atlantis, a spatially-explicit, biogeochemical model, is to inclusively represent an extensive suite of ecosystem processes that can influence fisheries productivity and safe harvest rates across the GOM. To date the SEFSC/ GMFMC have not applied the 2012 GOM Atlantis model to provide strategic advice. Two major reasons for this are: 1) the SEFSC lacked staff proficient with the Atlantis software and, 2) though the model has been published in peer-reviewed literature, it has not been formally reviewed for use in management. Thus, the objective of this SEFSC EBFM funded project is to: 1) update data inputs and recalibrate the model, archiving in a NOAA Tech Memo; 2) conduct an internal SEFSC review of the model followed by an external review (by CIE reviewers and Gulf SSC/Council staff); 3) use the peer-reviewed Atlantis model to assess Gulf shrimp productivity scenarios and evaluate the long-term biological, economic and ecosystem-level tradeoffs. The long-term goal is to provide simulation outputs to the Council, for strategic planning purposes. 

ID: ID444       Info. Type:  

Start date of Peer Review: 3/15/2023

Estimated Initial Dissemination Date:  10/01/2023

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Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information

Review Type:  Panel

Expected Number of Peer Reviewers: 3-5

Peer Reviewers will be selected by: Center for Independent Experts

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers?  No

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed?  yes

How: project staff are presenting projects updates to the industry at annual Shrimp Advisory Panel meetings, and taking input/comments during those meetings. 

When: the project was presented to the Shrimp AP at the March, 2022 meeting and an updated will be presented in March, 2023.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? 

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: ecosystem modelling, fisheries ecology, population dynamics

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