Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2019 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters (ID403)

This stock assessment reports the status of the trans-boundary coastal Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) resource off the west coast of the United States and Canada. The stock assessment is conducted and peer reviewed as outlined in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of American and the Government of Canada on Pacific hake / Whiting. This agreement formalizes past scientific and stock assessment collaboration through the creation of two scientific bodies: a Joint Technical Committee, charged with producing an annual stock assessment that includes scientific advice on the annual potential yield of the offshore hake/whiting resource that may be caught for that fishing year; and a Scientific Review Group, charged with providing an independent peer review of the Joint Technical Committee's scientific products.

Additional information regarding the Pacific hake / Whiting Scientific Review Group and Joint Technical Committee, including current member composition and meeting documents, can be found on the Pacific hake/Whiting Treaty website:


ID: 403            Info. Type:  ISI

Start date of Peer Review: 2/19/2019

Estimated Initial Dissemination Date:  5/01/2019

Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product:  5/01/2019

Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information

Review Type:  A panel

Expected Number of Peer Reviewers: 4-10

Peer Reviewers will be selected by: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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:  The review of the stock assessment for Pacific Hake took place February 19-22, 2019, in an online Scientific Review Group (SRG) meeting, held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The SRG meeting announcements and draft assessment reports are posted and distributed by the National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Regional Office, at:

When:  The review of the stock assessment for Pacific Hake took place February 19-22, 2019. Public comment and testimony can be given during the three-day review panel which is open to the public.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? No.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Reviewers have expertise in fish population dynamics with experience in the integrated analysis type of modeling approach, using age-and size-structured models, use of MCMC to develop confidence intervals, and use of Generalized Linear Models to process survey and logbook data for use in assessment models.

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