Peer Review Plans

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Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Report (Rice's Whale)

This document is part of Endangered Species Act rulemaking to propose designation of critical habitat for the Rice's whale and contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the specific areas containing the features essential to the conservation of the species requiring special management, and (2) consideration of the national security, economic, and other relevant impacts of designating critical habitat.

ID: ID452   Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 1/13/2023
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/21/2023
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID452


Title and Description:

Recovery Plan for the Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales

NMFS is developing a recovery plan specific to the ESA-listed Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of humpback whales. The recovery plan will consist of three separate documents: (1) the Species Status Review, which will review the biology, ecology, and threats to the species; (2) the Recovery Plan, which will include objective and measurable recovery criteria, a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve the species, and estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals; and (3) the Recovery Implementation Strategy, which which will include the  tepped-down recovery activities as well as estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals.

ID: ID451   Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 3/1/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person:
Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID451


Title and Description:

Third Order Draft of the Fifth National Climate Assessment

This document is a draft of the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The peer review of the Fifth National Climate Assessment is being conducted by a review committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. More information the peer review committee can be found here: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our- work/review-of-the-draft-5th-national-climate-assessment#sectionCommittee

ID: ID450   Info. Type: HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 11/7/2022
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person:
Dan Barrie, OAR, daniel.barrie@noaa.gov, (301) 734-1256
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID450


Title and Description:

SEDAR 74 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico red snapper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: ID449 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 06/01/2023
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date:  07/01/2023
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID449


Title and Description:

SEDAR 77 HMS Hammerhead Sharks

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (HMS Hammerhead Sharks) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries

ID: ID448 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 3/13/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID448


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report: Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii)

Following receipt of a petition requesting that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) list the Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NMFS announced the initiation of a status review for this species. The status review report will summarize and evaluate the best available scientific and commercial information on the biology and status for this species, and present an assessment of the extinction risk for this species. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing this species is warranted or not warranted under the ESA.

ID: ID447 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 1/9/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID447


Title and Description:

Stock assessment of American Samoa bottomfishes, 2023

The American Samoa BMUS complex was initially assessed as a complex (i.e., all species combined) in 2007 using an informal index-based assessment method. The most recent assessment was completed in 2019, and concluded the BMUS complex was both undergoing overfishing and in an overfished state. The next benchmark stock assessment for the American Samoa BMUS is expected to be completed and undergo an independent review process in February 2023, following the WPSAR timeline. One key improvement for this new benchmark will be to consider single-species assessment models following the WPSAR panel recommendations associated with the 2016 assessment. This assessment has influential scientific information because the assessment contains the stock status determination and harvest levels affecting the management of the American Samoa bottomfish fishery. Depending on the results of the assessment, this can potentially change the Council's harvest policies.

ID: ID446 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 6/30/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID446


Title and Description:

Recovery Status Review for 15 Species of Indo-Pacific Reef-building Corals Listed under the Endangered Species Act

Part of draft Indo-Pacific Corals Recovery Plan

ID: ID445 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: Mid-2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Jennifer Schultz Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID445


Title and Description:

Strategic application of an Atlantis ecosystem model for Gulf shrimp

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: ISI  
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 10/01/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Jennifer Schultz Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID444


Title and Description:

Draft Biological Report on the Proposed Designation of Marine Critical Habitat for the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, East Pacific, Central North Pacific, Central South Pacific, and Central West Pacific Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas

Under the Endangered Species Act, NMFS is required to designate critical habitat using the best available scientific data. This draft report uses the best available data on green turtles’ marine habitat use in waters under U.S. jurisdiction to identify areas that meet the definition of critical habitat. This report is undergoing peer-review. The draft report will be published on NMFS’ website when the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

ID: ID443 Info. Type: ISI  
Start date of Peer Review: 4/1/2022
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date:  6/30/2023
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 
Contact Person:
Jennifer Schultz Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID443


Title and Description:

Status Review for the Tope Shark, Galeorhinus galeus, under the Endangered Species Act

Following receipt of a petition requesting that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) list the tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NMFS announced the initiation of a status review for this species. The status review will synthesize the best scientific and commercial data available and present an assessment of the extinction risk for this species. The status review will be documented in a report, which will be subject to peer review and which will inform the decision whether this species warrants protection under the ESA.

ID: ID442 Info. Type: ISI  
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 2/10/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person:
Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID442


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2022 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

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:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/pacific-hake-whiting-treaty

ID: ID441 Info. Type: ISI  
Start date of Peer Review: 2/14/2022
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 5/01/2022
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product:  
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID441


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2021 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

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:

 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/pacific-hake-whiting-treaty

ID: ID440 Info. Type: ISI  
Start date of Peer Review: 2/22/2021
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 5/01/2021 
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 5/01/2021  
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID440


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2020 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

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:

 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/pacific-hake-whiting-treaty

ID: ID439 Info. Type: ISI  
Start date of Peer Review: 2/25/2020
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 5/01/2020  
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 5/01/2020  
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID439


Title and Description:

Research Track Assessment for Northern Shortfin Squid and Butterfish

NMFS will convene the Research Track Assessment Peer Review Meeting for the purpose of reviewing northern shortfin squid and butterfish stocks. The Research Track Assessment Peer Review is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by the research track working group and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts from the Center of Independent Experts (CIE). The public is invited to attend the presentations and discussions between the review panel and the scientists who have participated in the stock assessment process.

ID: ID438 Info. Type: ISI  
Start date of Peer Review: March 7, 2022
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: July 2022  
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: July 15 2022  
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID438


Title and Description:

Index Based Methods Working Group 

NMFS and the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) Panel will convene the Research Track Assessment Peer Review Meeting for the purpose of reviewing Index Based Methods and Harvest Control Rules. The Research Track Assessment Peer Review is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts from the Center of Independent Experts (CIE). The public is invited to attend the presentations and discussions between the review panel and the scientists who have participated in the stock assessment process.

ID: ID437 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 7 Dec 2020
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: January 1 2022  
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: January 15 2021
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID437


Title and Description:

Red Hake Stock Structure Working Group

NMFS and the Assessment Oversight Panel will convene the Red Hake Stock Structure Research Track Assessment Peer Review Meeting for the purpose of reviewing the stock structure of Red Hake. The Research Track Assessment Peer Review is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts called the Assessment Oversight Panel (AOP). The public is invited to attend the presentations and discussions between the review panel and the scientists who have participated in the stock assessment process.

ID: ID436 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 3/9/2020
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 8/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 8/15/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID436


Title and Description:

2021 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Dover Sole in California, Oregon and Washington Waters

This assessment reports the status of the Dover Sole resource along the West Coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments.  The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID: ID435 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 5/3/2021
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 9/1/2021
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID435


Title and Description:

2021 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Lingcod in California, Oregon and Washington Waters

These assessments report the status of the Lingcod resource along the West Coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the models, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments.  The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID: ID434 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 7/12/2021
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 9/1/2021
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID434


Title and Description:

2021 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Vermilion/Sunset Rockfish in California, Oregon and Washington Waters

These assessments report the status of the Vermilion/Sunset Rockfish resource along the West Coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID: ID433 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 7/26/2021
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 12/1/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID433


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Proposed Rule for Pillar Coral Dendrogyra cylindrus

This document is part of an Endangered Species Act rulemaking to propose a change in status for pillar coral Dendrogyra cylindrus. It contains the biological information considered for determining the status of the species.

ID: ID432 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 10/30/2022
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID432


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for Nassau Grouper Critical Habitat Report (Records Document)

This document is part of Endangered Species Act rulemaking to propose designation of critical habitat for the Nassau Grouper and contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the specific areas containing the features essential to the conservation of the species requiring special management, and (2) consideration of the national security, economic, and other relevant impacts of designating critical habitat.

ID: ID431 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/30/2022
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID431


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)

The status review report summarizes and evaluates the best available scientific and commercial information on the biology and status of the species, and assesses the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID: ID430 Info. Type: ISI
Start date of Peer Review: 5/23/2022
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 8/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/10/2022
Contact Person: Adrienne Lohe, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8442 adrienne.lohe@noaa.gov
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID430


Title and Description:

Update to: 2016/2018 Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

NMFS has developed updated draft technical guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NMFS's jurisdiction. The updated technical guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This updated guidance is intended to be used by NMFS analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure. Although NMFS has updated the acoustic threshold levels from those previously used, and these changes may necessitate new methodologies for calculating impacts, the application of the thresholds in the regulatory context under applicable statutes (Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act) remains consistent with past NMFS practice.

ID: ID429 Info. Type: HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 7/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID429


Title and Description:

SEDAR77 HMS Hammerhead Sharks

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (HMS Hammerhead Sharks) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: ID428 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 3/30/2023
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID428


Title and Description:

SEDAR74 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico red snapper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is
provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: ID427 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 5/20/2023
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product:
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID427


Title and Description:

Genomics-Based Phylogenetic and Population Genetic Analysis of Global Samples Confirms Halophila johnsonii Eiseman as Halophila ovalis (R.Br.) Hook.f.

Manuscript from Frontiers in Marine Science that provides rationale that the seagrass species previously thought to be the unique taxon Halophila johnsonii is
actually a clone of the broadly distributed Indo-Pacific species H. ovalis. Research published in this paper was funded by NMFS-SERO and results will likely lead to a change in the Endangered Species Act listing status of H. johnsonii.

ID: ID426 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 10/1/2021
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 10/29/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report:
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID426


Title and Description:

ESA Queen Conch Status Review Report

This report reviews the status of queen conch (Strombus gigas) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Information and data was reviewed for approximately 44 countries and territories through March 1, 2021. This report summarizes the best available scientific and commercial information on the species and presents an evaluation of the queen conch’s status and extinction risk. Where available, we provide literature citations to review articles that provide more extensive citations for each topic.

ID: ID425 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 8/20/2021
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 2/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 9/7/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID425


Title and Description:

Aquaculture Opportunity Areas Atlases for the Gulf of Mexico and Southern California

NOAA has directives to preserve ocean sustainability and facilitate domestic aquaculture in the United States. Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. developed several policies and plans to bolster the domestic supply of seafood and address concerns about food security. Among the most notable of these policies was the issuance of an Executive Order (EO) on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth, which offers a particular focus on spatial planning for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOA) to support aquaculture development. An AOA is a small defined geographic area that has been evaluated to determine its potential suitability for commercial aquaculture. This map atlas is a product of NOAA for use by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other coastal managers to inform aquaculture siting for identification of AOAs in federal waters off Southern California and the Gulf of Mexico. The map atlas and spatial analyses were developed by the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in partnership with the NMFS, and in coordination with cooperating Federal agencies, Regional Fishery Management Councils, and State and tribal governments.

ID: 424 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 7/01/2021
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: TBD
Contact Person: Tyler Christensen Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID424


Title and Description:

Proposed rule to remove Siderastrea glynni from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species

As recommended by a recent five-year review of Siderastrea glynni, NMFS is proposing to delist the species based on new genetic and morphological information that demonstrates that it does not meet the statutory definition of a species, and therefore does not qualify for listing under the ESA. The proposed rule summarizes the new information supporting this action.


ID: 423 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/14/2020
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 4/21/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 5/4/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID423


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report: Black Teatfish (Holothuria nobilis)

The status review document for will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of it's respective range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.


ID: 422 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 5/3/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report: 9/21/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 10/25/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID422


Title and Description:

SEDAR 68 Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Scamp

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic scamp) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries


ID: 421 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 7/15/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of peer review report and final work product: 10/1/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID421


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of the Bearded Seal

We are obtaining independent peer review of the following information that provides part of the basis for designating critical habitat for the Beringia distinct population segment (DPS) of the bearded seal under the Endangered Species Act: (1) the available data on habitat uses and needs of Beringia DPS bearded seals and the use and interpretation of this information in making conclusions regarding what areas meet the definition of critical habitat under the ESA; and (2) the draft impact analysis report. This peer review will be conducted during the comment period on the proposed rule.


ID: 420 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 6/15/2021
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 2/16/2022
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 3/22/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID420


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal

We are obtaining independent peer review of the following information that provides part of the basis for designating critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): (1) the available data on habitat uses and needs of Arctic ringed seals and the use and interpretation of this information in making conclusions regarding what areas meet the definition of critical habitat under the ESA; and (2) the draft impact analysis report for the revised proposed rule. This peer review will be conducted during the comment period on the revised proposed rule. The revised proposed rule announces revisions to the December 9, 2014, proposed designation of critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal under the ESA.


ID: 419 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 6/15/2021
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 3/22/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID419


Title and Description:

2019 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2020

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 26 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI). Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP Plan Teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.


ID: 418 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 11/18/2019
EActual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 1/6/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID418


Title and Description:

2019 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2020

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for 24 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP Plan Teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.


ID: 417 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 11/18/2019
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 1/6/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID417


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Reports for Pocillopora meandrina

These two reports provide the status review for the Indo-Pacific reef-building coral Pocillopora meandrina in response to a petition to list the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The two reports are titled "General Status Assessment of Indo-Pacific Reef-building Corals" (GSA) and "Pocillopora meandrina Status Review Report" (SRR). The two reports together constitute the status review for this species, upon which the official 12-month finding will be based, the ESA decision document that determines whether the species is proposed for ESA listing, or not warranted for ESA listing.


ID: 416 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report and final work product: 6/30/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID416


Title and Description:

Draft Recovery Plan for Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)

This draft recovery plan for black abalone summarizes the best available information on the natural history, status, and threats to black abalone. The document also describes a recovery strategy to address the threats and includes recovery goals and criteria. Once finalized, the plan will be used to direct U.S. activities and to encourage international cooperation to promote the recovery of this endangered species.


ID: 415 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 6/30/2020
Actual Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 11/30/2020 
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 1/30/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID415


Title and Description:

SEDAR 65 HMS Atlantic Blacktip Shark

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Atlantic blacktip shark) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.


ID: 414 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/11/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID414


Title and Description:

SEDAR 64 Southeastern U.S. yellowtail snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Southeastern US yellowtail snapper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.


ID: 413 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/11/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID413


Title and Description:

SEDAR 58 Atlantic Cobia

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Atlantic Cobia) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.


ID: 412 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Actual Dissemination Date: 1/6/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID412


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for Dwarf Seahorse

An assessment of the status of dwarf seahorse: response to a petition to list the species under the Endangered Species Act.


ID: 411 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/15/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID411


Title and Description:

2019 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Sablefish in California, Oregon and Washington Waters

This assessments reports the status of the Sablefish resource along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions. 

ID: 410 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID410


Title and Description:

2019 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Cowcod and Gopher/Black-and-Yellow Rockfishes 

These assessments report the status of the Cowcod and Gopher/Black-and-Yellow Rockfishes resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID: 409 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID409


Title and Description:

2019 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Cabezon in California, Oregon and Washington Waters 

These assessments report the status of the Cabezon resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions. 

ID: 408 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID408


Title and Description:

2019 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Big Skate and Longnose Skate in California, Oregon and Washington Waters 

These assessments report the status of the Big Skate and Longnose Skate resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.

ID: 407 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/1/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID407


Title and Description:

SEDAR 57 U.S. Caribbean spiny lobster

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (U.S. Caribbean spiny lobster) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID: 406 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 3/1/2019
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/16/19 
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID406


Title and Description:

Status Review Report for Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis)

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, alewife or blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, which were petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A review of the status of the species is required under section 4 of the ESA. The river herring status review report will help inform the decision whether river herring warrant listing under the ESA.

ID: 405 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 1/31/2019
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 1/31/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID405


Title and Description:

Draft Economic Analysis for the Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Mexico, Central American, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales

 

ID: 404 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 6/21/2019
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 6/28/2019
Actual Dissemination Date: 
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID404


Title and Description:

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

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:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/pacific-hake-whiting-treaty

 

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: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID403


Title and Description:

Revision to the Designation of Critical Habitat for Southern Resident Killer Whales - Biological Report and Economic Analysis

Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. It allows for the revision of existing critical habitat. Both designation and revision are required to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available. We are obtaining peer review of the biological report and the economic analysis that will inform a revision to the designation of critical habitat for endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

ID: 402 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date of Peer review report: 9/1/2019
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final work product: 9/1/2020
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID402


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act draft status review report for the Upper Klamath-Trinity River Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU)

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the Upper Klamath-Trinity River Chinook salmon ESU, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing as threatened or endangered under the Act.

ID: 401 Info. Type: ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 7/19/2019
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 10/21/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID401


Title and Description:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA's jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure. Although NOAA has updated the acoustic threshold levels from those previously used, and these changes may necessitate new methodologies for calculating impacts, the application of the thresholds in the regulatory context under applicable statutes (Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Marine Sanctuaries Act) remains consistent with past NOAA practice.

Behavioral threshold levels were originally included in the draft guidance and reviewed by the peer reviewers. NOAA is continuing our examination of the effects of noise on marine mammal behavior and will focus our work over the next year on developing guidance regarding the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal behavior. Behavioral response is a complex question and we determined we still need time to research and address it appropriately. Behavioral guidance will have a separate peer review plan (see ID 274). 

For their Phase 3 Acoustic Effects Analysis, the U.S. Navy recently (January 2015) provided NOAA with a technical paper describing their proposed methodology for updating auditory weighting functions and subsequent numeric thresholds for predicting auditory effects (TTS/PTS thresholds) on marine animals exposed to active sonars and other active acoustic sources utilized during Navy training and testing activities.

Upon evaluation, NOAA preliminarily determined that the Navy's proposed methodology reflects the best available science and are working to incorporate it into our Acoustic Guidance before it becomes final. Before doing so, we commissioned an independent peer review of the Navy's technical paper (i.e., second peer review). 

Additionally, NOAA has re-evaluated its methods for defining threshold usage for sources characterized as impulsive or non-impulsive using comments from the initial public comment period. This proposed methodology also underwent a separate independent peer review (i.e. third peer review).Following these peer reviews, we held a second public comment period (July-September 2015). 

After the second public comment period, while NOAA was working to address additional public comments and finalize the Technical Guidance, NOAA and the Navy further evaluated certain aspects of the U.S. Navy's methodology.  As a result, several recommendations/modifications were suggested. 

After consideration of these recommendations, NOAA has revised the Draft Technical Guidance to reflect these suggested changes and is proposing to solicit public comment on the revised sections of the document (i.e., not the entire document) via a focused 14-day public comment period (March 2016). Concurrent with this third public comment period, NOAA requested that the peer reviewers of the Navy's methodology review the updated sections of the Draft Technical Guidance and indicate whether the revisions would significantly alter any of the comments made during their original review.

Consistent with our Draft Guidance’s finalization procedure, once the follow-up peer review and public comment period processes are complete, NOAA will evaluate how to best incorporate the proposed methodologies into our Final Guidance.

ID: 43 Info. Type:  HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 12/31/2014
Actual Initial Dissemination Date (because behavioral portion separated out): 2/4/2014 
Estimated and Actual Second Dissemination Date: 6/1/2015 
Estimated and Actual Third Dissemination Date: 7/31/2015 
Estimated and Actual Disseminiation of Peer Review Report as follow-up to second review: 5/20/2016 
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 5/31/2016
Actual Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 8/3/2016 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel  Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID43


Title and Description:

National Marine Fisheries Service's Development of Recommended Behavioral Disturbance Criteria for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic

NMFS is developing draft recommendations for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on the behavior of marine mammal species under NMFS' jurisdiction. The document provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their behavior for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This document is intended to be used by NMFS analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

 

ID: 274 Info. Type: HISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 11/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2022
Contact Person: Amy Scholik-Schlomer Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID274


Title and Description:

2018 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate. Observations featured in the 2016 Arctic Report Card showed a continuation of long-term Arctic warming trends which reveals the interdependency of physical and biological Arctic systems, contributing to a growing recognition that the Arctic is an integral part of the globe, and increasing the need for comprehensive communication of Arctic change to diverse user audiences.

Observations featured in the 2018 Arctic Report Card indicate that the effects of persistent Arctic warming continue to mount. 2018 was the second warmest year on record since 1900 with record low winter ice extends and particularly low ice coverage in the Bering Sea. Widespread impacts of warming were demonstrated through record warmth in sea surface temperatures, massive primary productivity blooms and continued greening and browning of tundra vegetation. 2018 "Indicator Essays" on river discharge show considerable increases in major river flow over the last several decades, significant declines in seasonal landfast ice that is important for travel and hunting to subsistence communities and a dramatic decline in reindeer and caribou populations (56% drop) in relation to warming summer temperatures. The 2018 Report Card also featured "Frostbite Essays" covered topics including expanding harmful algal blooms and microplastic contamination in the Arctic for the first time ever. 

ID394 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/11/2018
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/22/2018 
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway NOAA Locator
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID394


Title and Description:

2017 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate. Observations featured in the 2016 Arctic Report Card showed a continuation of long-term Arctic warming trends which reveals the interdependency of physical and biological Arctic systems, contributing to a growing recognition that the Arctic is an integral part of the globe, and increasing the need for comprehensive communication of Arctic change to diverse user audiences.


ID393 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/3/2017
Contact Person:Patricia Hathaway NOAA Locator
Peer review plan for this item: ID393 


Title and Description:

The 2016 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate. Observations featured in the 2016 Arctic Report Card showed a continuation of long-term Arctic warming trends which reveals the interdependency of physical and biological Arctic systems, contributing to a growing recognition that the Arctic is an integral part of the globe, and increasing the need for comprehensive communication of Arctic change to diverse user audiences.

ID:392 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/4/2016
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID392


Title and Description:

The 2015 Arctic Report Card

The Synthesis Product was first published in 2006. The Arctic Report Card is an annual, peer-reviewed, Web-based publication http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/index.html. It is a multi-disciplinary document composed of topical essays in the physical and biological sciences. This synthesis product presents already published data for 2015 in the Arctic that have not been previously been assembled. Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The Report Card is cited on a wide range of websites. Example of use for decision-making: reductions in sea ice mean that Arctic shipping routes become more feasible. Also, the Arctic Report Card is closely tied to climate change issues, which affect (see State of the Climate reports).

ID:329 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 11/30/2015 
Contact Person: Tammy Adams Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID329


Title and Description:

2014 Arctic Report Card

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records. Material is prepared by an international team of scientists. The audience for the Arctic Report Card is wide, including scientists, students, teachers, decision makers and the general public interested in Arctic environment and science. The web-based format facilitates timely updates of the content. Some of the essays are based upon updates to articles in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate.

ID: 268 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/12/2014
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/8/2014 
Contact Person: Patricia Hathaway Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID268


Title and Description:

2016 Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2016

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Gulf of Alaska. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Alaska. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP Plan Teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID: 357 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/9/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID357


Title and Description:

2016 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Reports (multiple stocks) for 2017

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is responsible for stock assessments for over 22 species or species groups listed in the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Management recommendations for these living marine resources are provided by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The report produced and disseminated by the AFSC describes the condition and current status of groundfish resources in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. These assessments are subject to in-house review before dissemination to the FMP plan teams and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The information is provided to the NPFMC to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries Service.

ID358 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/9/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID358


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for Pacific coast lingcod and Pacific Ocean Perch

These assessments report the status of the lingcod and Pacific ocean perch resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions.


ID373 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Actual Dissemination Date: 9/30/2017 
Estimated Dissemination Date for final work product: 12/1/2017


Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID373


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for California scorpionfish and blue/deacon rockfish

These assessments report the status of the California scorpionfish and blue/deacon rockfish resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions. 

ID375 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/30/2017 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID375


Title and Description:

2017 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel for  yelloweye rockfish and yellowtail rockfish

These assessments report the status of the yelloweye and yellowtail rockfishes resources along the west coast of the United States using statistical population models. Specifically, the information includes a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource relative to current definitions for overfished status, a summary of available data included in the model, impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA and NMFS.
The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions. 

The Stock Assessment Review (STAR) meeting is a formal, public, multiple-day meeting of stock assessment experts from the US and abroad who serve as a peer-review panel for the stock assessments. The STAR process is a key element in an overall process designed to make timely use of new fishery and survey data, to analyze and understand these data as completely as possible, to provide opportunity for public comment, and to assure the best available science is used to inform management decisions. 
 

ID372 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 8/23/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item:: ID372


Title and Description:

Benchmark Review of Stock Assessment of the Coral Reef Fishes of Hawaii, 2016

The Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division is currently focusing on improving the data and information quality for assessing the management unit species described in the federal fishery ecosystem plans. The current federal stocks in Hawaii are the deep seven bottomfish complex, gray job fish (uku), kona crab and deep water shrimp and precious corals. The coral reef fish species complexes are currently designated as federal ecosystem components. Therefore, there are no plans to update the review of the 2016 benchmark stock assessment for Hawaii coral reef fish as well as the review of the length and biomass augmented catch-MSY assessment methods. The biomass augmented catch-MSY assessment method was superseded by the PIFSC-led coral reef stock assessment methods. The Council ecosystem component omnibus amendment removed the federal requirements for stock assessments and ACL specifications.

ID368 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2016
Actual Dissemination Date for Final Word Product: 2/6/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID368


Title and Description:

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report


Sanctuary condition reports provide a standardized summary of resources in NOAA's sanctuaries, drivers and pressures on those resources, current conditions and trends for resources and ecosystem services, and management responses to the pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Condition reports include information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources and maritime archaeological resources, and the human activities that affect them. They present responses to a set of questions posed to all sanctuaries. The reports also rate ecosystem services status and trends. Resource and ecosystem service status are rated on a scale from good to poor, and the timelines used for comparison vary from topic to topic. Trends in the status of resources and ecosystem services are also reported, and are generally based on observed changes in status over the past five years, unless otherwise specified.

The reports serve as a tool for resource managers, researchers, policy makers, and educators. Condition reports distill large amounts of information, ranging from technical data to traditional, local and personal ecological knowledge into concise, easily understood assessments that can be interpreted for a wide audience. The reports help identify gaps in current monitoring efforts, as well as causal factors that may require monitoring and potential remediation in the years to come. The data discussed in the reports will enable resource managers and stakeholders to not only acknowledge prior changes in resource status, but also provide guidance for future management challenges.

ID348 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/2018 
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID348


Title and Description:

Climate Change and the Olympic Coast: Interpreting Potential Futures

Global projections of the physical and biological effects of climate change are increasingly established and accepted, but the scale of global climate models do not lend themselves to interpreting climate change projections for specific areas of special management concern.  The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), through its management plan, has expressed a desire to start managing for changing climate, and the goal of this report is to support that effort by collating and analyzing the available peer-reviewed literature on the documented and projected physical and biological changes likely to impact the OCNMS in the coming century.  A comprehensive literature review and analysis were used to assess possible future conditions for ocean temperature, acidification, sea level rise, storm patterns, ocean currents, hypoxia/anoxia and river hydrology.  Additionally, the biological consequences of changes in these physical parameters were interpreted broadly for various habitats, and also for specific species or species groups including phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine algae, deep-water corals, mussels, coastal urchin species, Dungeness Crab, fish, marine mammals and seabirds.  Finally, the sensitivity of the resources managed by the OCNMS to climate change area analyzed, and management options available to the OCNMS to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change are considered.

ID: 237 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/242013 
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID237


Title and Description:

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species and designations must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available. We are obtaining peer review of the biological report and the economic analysis that will inform the designation of critical habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment.


ID369 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/1/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID369


Title and Description:

Draft Biological Report for the Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Mexico, Central American, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales

This report summarizes the available data on habitat uses and needs of humpback whales and the process for determining what areas meet the definition of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The assessment and findings provided in this report, in conjunction with other agency analyses (e.g., economic analyses), will be used to inform and support any subsequent proposal to designate critical habitat for the Mexico, Central America, and Western North Pacific distinct population segments (DPSs) of humpback whales. 

ID: 400 Info. Type:  ISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 9/26/2019
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 9/28/2020
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID400


Title and Description:

Draft Recovery Plan for the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) - Revision

NMFS finalized a recovery plan for the blue whale in 1998, and in 2012 indicated its intent to update the plan. This draft revised recovery plan summarizes the best available information on blue whale natural history and the known and potential threats to the species. The document also describes a recovery strategy to address the potential threats and includes recovery goals and criteria. Once finalized, the plan will be used to direct U.S. activities and to encourage international cooperation to promote the recovery of this endangered species. 

ID376 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:10/1/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this ItemID376


Title and Description: - Due to new information, a new report is being prepared, and this current version of the report will not be reviewed. This item is closed. 

Dwarf Seahorse Biological Assessment

The information and data in the biological assessment for the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) will be used to inform the status of the species throughout its range and the subsequent Endangered Species Act listing decision.  The biological assessment contains information on the dwarf seahorse’s life history and threats.  We are seeking peer review on the contents of the biological assessments to ensure that it contains the best available information and data on the dwarf seahorse’s life history, threats to the continued existence of the species throughout the range, the effect of the fishery, and any existing regulatory mechanisms that may be regulating threats.


ID: 239 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/8/2013
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/3/2014 (peer review report, but not yet final work product) 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID239


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for 7 Caribbean Corals Information Report

This report is part of the information basis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for 7 Caribbean corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species that require special management, and the specific areas containing the features, and (2) the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID346 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/31/2018 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID346


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for 7 Indo-Pacific Corals Information Report

NMFS proposed coral critical habitat for listing Indo-Pacific corals in November 2020. The primary supporting document was the Indo-Pacific Corals Information Report, which was peer-reviewed in 2019 (see Peer Review Report filename "2019.08.13_Coral CH Peer Review Plan PIRO"). 

ID: 350 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 11/1/2022
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/1/2022
Contact Person: Carl Rhodes Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID350


NOTE: This project is being re-started and the item will be replaced with a new ID number, ID352,.

Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act draft status review report of two East Atlantic guitarfishes

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, two species of foreign guitarfishes petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. The two species of guitarfish are: Rhinobatos cemiculus and Rhinobatos rhinobatos

ID: 263 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1/2014
Contact Person:  Michael Liddel Get contact information


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act draft status review report for thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata)

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata), which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing as threatened or endangered under the Act.


ID365 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/21/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID365

 


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, coelacanth, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act. 

ID:305 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 12/30/2014
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID305


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Eastern Taiwan Strait population of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, the Eastern Taiwan Strait (ETS) Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin population, which was petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Status reviews are required under section 4 of the Act. The status review report will help inform the decision whether this species warrants listing under the Act.

ID: 278 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/25/2014 
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID278


Title and Description:

Endangered Species Act Status Review Report for the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale

The information is a review of the biological and conservation status of, and extinction risk to, Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni), which was petitioned for listing as an endangered distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A review of the status of the species is required under section 4 of the ESA. The Bryde's whale status review report will help inform the decision whether the Bryde's whale in the Gulf of Mexico warrants listing under the ESA.

ID:337 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 5/2/2016 
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/20/2016 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID337


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Perspectives are provided on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 292 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 9/10/2014 
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID292


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective is part of a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID:313 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 9/10/2015
Actual Dissemination Date: 11/5/2015
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID313


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective is a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in collaboration with a scientists at NOAA OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to the October issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID354 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:11/5/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/15/2016 
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID354


Title and Description:

Explaining Extreme Events of 2016 from a Climate Perspective

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective is a recurring, annual ~100 page collection of short weather and climate attribution papers on extreme weather and climate events of the preceding year. The contributions are written by over 20 research groups around the world. Scientists at NESDIS' National Centers for Environmental Information, in collaboration with a scientists at OAR and the UK Met Office, serve as editors and compilers of the report which is published as a supplement to a fall issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

ID380 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/5/2017 
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID380


Title and Description:

Five-Year Review for Endangered Species Act of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

The information is a review of the recovery status of the Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), which is listed under the Endangered Species Act.  5-year reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act.

ID: 286 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/15//2014 
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID286


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2016 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

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. 

The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be composed of up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (e.g. the United States and Canada) and two independent members appointed jointly from a list supplied by the Advisory Panel. The SRG will meet annually, or as often as required, to:
· Establish Scientific Review Group terms of reference for approval by the Joint Management Committee
· Review the stock assessment criteria and methods and survey methodologies used by the Joint Technical Committee
· Annually provide, by Mar. 1, unless otherwise specified by the Joint Management Committee, a written technical report of the stock assessment and its scientific advice on annual potential yield
· Perform other duties and functions as directed by the Joint Management Committee.

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: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Groundfish-Fishery-Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN

ID:334 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3//1/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 2/25/2016 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID334


Title and Description:

Joint Scientific Peer Review of the 2018 Stock Assessment for Pacific hake / Whiting in US and Canadian waters

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. 
The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be composed of up to six individuals, with two appointed by each party (e.g. the United States and Canada) and two independent members appointed jointly from a list supplied by the Advisory Panel. The SRG will meet annually, or as often as required, to:
· Establish Scientific Review Group terms of reference for approval by the Joint Management Committee
· Review the stock assessment criteria and methods and survey methodologies used by the Joint Technical Committee
· Annually provide, by Mar. 1, unless otherwise specified by the Joint Management Committee, a written technical report of the stock assessment and its scientific advice on annual potential yield
· Perform other duties and functions as directed by the Joint Management Committee.
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: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Groundfish-Fishery-Management/Whiting-Management/Treaty.cfmN

ID383 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3//15/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID383


Title and Description:

Leatherback Turtle Status Review

This status review provides the scientific basis (i.e., the best available scientific and commercial data) for management decisions regarding a petition to identify the North Pacific leatherback turtle as a distinct population segment and list it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

ID384 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/20/2019 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact info
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID384


Title and Description:

Lesser Electric Ray Status Review

The Lesser Electric Electric Ray (Narcine bancroftii) Status Review will be used in making an Endangered Species Act listing determination.

ID:325 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 7/31/2015 
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/3/2017 
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID325


Title and Description:

Loggerhead Turtle North Pacific Ocean DPS Status Assessment

This status assessment provides the scientific basis (i.e., the best available scientific and commercial data) for management decisions, such as recovery planning, 5-year reviews, and section 7 consultations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

ID385 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/1/2018 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact informaton
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID385

Title and Description:

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES – CREEL SURVEY
DOCUMENTATION

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recreational fisheries creel survey (LA Creel) data collection methods. In 2014, LDWF implemented the LA Creel survey to replace NOAA Fisheries recreational survey. This documentation outlines the survey program and is being reviewed for potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID341 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID341


Title and Description:

Operational Assessments of 20 Northeast Groundfish Stocks

In September 2015 the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) will carry out Operational Stock Assessments of 20 Atlantic groundfish stocks which occur off the NE coast of the US. These stocks are managed by the New England Fishery Management Council and are included in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The stocks were last assessed in 2008 and 2012. The assessments in 2015 will be peer reviewed by members of the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC), and comments from the review panel will be included in the final assessment report. The results will be published by the NEFSC and will serve as a basis for fishery management specifications starting in May 2016.

ID:321 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date:10.15//2015
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID321


Title and Description:

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDIFE – OCEAN RECREATIONAL BOAT SURVEY

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Ocean Recreational Boat Survey (ORBS) recreational fisheries data collection methods. The ORBS program conducts angler-intercept interviews and boat counts to collect data on kept and released fish and angler effort, as well as biological samples. In 2010, NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program sponsored an independent review of the ORBS. Since then, ODFW has pilot tested improvements recommended in that review. This documentation outlines the improved survey program and is being reviewed again for potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID342 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: Not given. 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID342


Title and Description:

Population genetics of Halophila johnsonii Eiseman

This is a final report delivered to NMFS that contains influential scientific information pertaining to the taxonomic status of Johnson's seagrass. The information is based on genetic analyses conducted in 2013 and 2014. While the lead authors of this report are in the process of modifying this information into peer reviewed journal articles, we (NMFS) are tasked with using the best information available to administer the Endangered Species Act. The information will be used to conduct a status review on the species, specifically evaluating its listing status.

Following comments received during the peer review NMFS decided not to publish the report to our website and not to proceed with a status review. Based on the peer review comments, the agency decided against publishing the report to our website and further decided to abort the intended status review.

ID:323 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated DIssemination Date: 7/31/2015 
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID323


Title and Description:

Recovery Plan for Listed Indo-Pacific Corals

The recovery plan for listed Indo-Pacific corals will consist of two separate documents: the Species Status Assessment, which will review the biology, ecology, and threats to the
species; and the Recovery Plan, which will include objective and measurable recovery criteria, a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve
the species, estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals, and the recovery implementation strategy.

ID359 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: peer review report, 5/31/2018; final product: 9/30/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this itemID359


Title and Description:

Recovery Plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

The recovery plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale will consist of two separate documents: the Species Status Assessment, which will review the biology, ecology, and threats to the species; and the Recovery Plan, which will include objective and measurable recovery criteria, a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve the species, estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan's goals; and the Recovery Implementation Strategy.

 

ID360 Info. Type:  ISI
ID360 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/1/2018 for the peer review report and 9/30/2018 for final project 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID360


Title and Description:

Replacement of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Steller Sea Lion -- Biological Report

Section 4 of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the designation of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. It allows for the revision of existing critical habitat. Both designation and revision are required to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available. The Draft Biological Report for Identifying Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Steller Sea Lion presents information needed to determine if NMFS should replace currently designated critical habitat for Steller sea lions to account for the delisting of the Eastern DPS and to focus on identifying those specific geographical areas that meet the ESA's definition of critical habitat for the Western DPS. The intent of the report is to provide the best available information about; the geographical range of the species at the time of listing; its current range; its biology, ecology, and status necessary to identify those physical and biological features of its habitat that are essential to its conservation; whether those essential features may require special management considerations or protection; specific geographical locations where those physical and biological features are located; and whether there are unoccupied geographical areas that are essential to its conservation. This report will be considered by NOAA Fisheries in its decision about critical habitat for the Western DPS under Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

ID:332 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 5/1/2017
Actual Dissemination Date: 9/1/207 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID332


Title and Description:

Review of Length and Biomass Augmented Catch-MSY Assessment Methods

A large number of fish and invertebrate species listed in fisheries management plans have insufficient data to conduct routine stock assessments. Nearly all of the assessment methods for data-poor stocks rely solely on catch data, or one source of data for directly estimating population density. A modified integrated assessment model has been developed, focusing on developing extensions for the Catch-MSY method, or stock reduction analysis proposed by Martell and Froese (2012) and Taggart and Kimura (1982)and modified by Sabater & Kleiber (2014), by incorporating data other than catch times series that directly inform total mortality rates (e.g. changes in mean size), relative and absolute abundance estimates, and other life history information. This modified model is being applied to data-poor coral reef fish stocks throughout the Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. However these scientific analyses have not previously been applied for management purposes in the Pacific Islands Region, so there is a need to conduct an independent peer review of the analyses to improve the scientific basis for management.

ID339 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/31/2015 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID339


Title and Description:

SAW-SARC 61, 2016

A comprehensive Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) on Atlantic surfclam was conducted in July 2016. The Northeast Regional SAW is a formal, scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers. The SAW protocol is used to prepare and review assessments for fish stocks in the offshore US waters of the Northwest Atlantic. This represents the convening of the 61st SAW-SARC since the program's inception in 1985.


ID363 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/30/2016
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID363


Title and Description:

SAW-SARC64 Public Meeting

NMFS and the Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) will convene the 64th SAW Stock Assessment Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing the stock assessments of Atlantic mackerel. The Northeast Regional SAW is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by SAW working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts called the Stock Assessment Review Committee, or SARC.


ID388 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 2/15/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID388


Title and Description:

SAW-SARC65 Public Meeting

NMFS and the Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) will convene the 64th SAW Stock Assessment Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing the stock assessments of Atlantic mackerel. The Northeast Regional SAW is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by SAW working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts called the Stock Assessment Review Committee, or SARC.


ID389 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID389


Title and Description:

SAW-SARC66 Public Meeting

NMFS and the Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) will convene the 65th SAW Stock Assessment Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing the stock assessments of Summer flounder and Striped bass. The Northeast Regional SAW is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by SAW working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts called the Stock Assessment Review Committee, or SARC.


ID390 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/1/2019
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID390


Title and Description: The assessment was halted due to issues with the data, so there will be no review.

SEDAR 48: Southeastern U.S. Black Grouper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Southeastern US Black Grouper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.


ID367 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/15/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information
:Peer Revew Plab for this item: ID367


Title and Description:

SEDAR 49 Gulf of Mexico data-limited species

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico data-limited species: Red Drum, Lane Snapper, Wenchman, Yellowmouth Grouper, Speckled Hind, Snowy Grouper, Almaco Jack, Lesser Amberjack) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries


ID361 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 12/1/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 12/6/2016 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Information 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID361


Title and Description:

SEDAR 50 Atlantic blueline tilefish

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Atlantic blueline tilefish) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID356 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/26/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/31/2017 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get Contact Informatiion 
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID356


Title and Description:

SEDAR 51: Gulf of Mexico Gray Snapper

This information product is a determination of the condition and status of the fishery resource stocks (Gulf of Mexico gray snapper) relative to definitions for overfishing and overfished status. The information includes impacts of various management scenarios on the status of the stocks, estimates of management benchmarks, and recovery trajectories for those stocks determined to be overfished. The information is provided to the appropriate regional fishery management agencies to be used as the basis of their management decisions, which are subsequently approved and disseminated by the Secretary of Commerce through NOAA Fisheries.

ID366 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 4/20/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this item: ID366


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2014

I

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID: 291 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/16/2015 
Actual Disseminiation Date: 6/26/2015 (for final product, 7/16/2015) 
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID291


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2015.

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID355 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date (final work product, peer review report not available): 5/31/2016
Contact Person: Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID355


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2016

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 55 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.

ID379 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/15/2017 
Actual Dissemination Date: 8/10/2017 (final work product; peer review report not available) 
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID379


Title and Description:

State of the Climate in 2017

The State of the Climate Report is a recurring, annual 200+ page summary of weather and climate conditions of the past year. Working with contributing authors from about 60 countries around the world, this report places today's climate in historical context and provides perspectives on the extent to which the climate system varies and changes as well as the effect that climate is having on societies and the environment.


ID391 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 8/1/2018
Contact Person:Peter Grimm Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID391


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (Manta alfredi)

The status review for the giant and reef manta rays will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as their respective risks of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the giant manta ray and reef manta ray is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID353 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/10/2016 
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/12/2017 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID353


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of two guitarfishes

The draft status review report is a review of the biologicla and conservation status of, and the exiction risk to, two species of guitarfish, the common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) and the blackchin guitarfish (Rhinobatos cemiculus). Status reviews are required under Section 4 of the Act. This peer review plan replaces peer review plan 263 which was posted on 5/15/2014 and was titled: Endangered Species Act draft status review report of two East Atlantic guitarfishes.

ID352 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 7/15/2016 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID352


Title and Description:

Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

The status review for the chambered nautilus will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of this species as well as its respective risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the chambered nautilus is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act. 

ID371 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date and Date of Completion: 5/31/2017
Actual Dissemination Date: 10/23/2017 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID371


Title and Description:

Status Review of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Under the Endangered Species Act

In May 2010, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) convened the Humpback Whale Biological Review Team (BRT) to conduct a comprehensive review of the status of humpback whales as the basis for considering revisions to this species’ Endangered Species Act listing status.  Conducting an ESA status review involves two key tasks: identifying the taxonomic units (species, subspecies or DPS) to be evaluated, and assessing the risk of extinction for each of these units.

ID: 284 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 12/1/2014 
Contact Person: Michael LIddel Get contact information
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID284


Title and Description:

Status Review Report of 7 Giant Clam Species Petitioned Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Hippopus hippopus, H. porcellanus, Tridacna derasa, T. gigas, T. mbalavuana, T. squamosa, and T. squamosina.

The status review document for 7 giant clams will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as each species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their respective ranges. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing each species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act. After substantial revision to a previous version of this report, we will be seeking a second round of peer review. 

ID: ID382 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/30/2022
Contact Person:Carl Rhodes  NOAA Locator 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID382


Title and Description:

Status Review Report of the Common and Bigeye Thresher Sharks: Alopias vulpinus and Alopias superciliosus

The status review document for the thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus and A. superciliosus) will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act. 

ID344 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 2/28/2016 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID344


Title and Description:

Status Review Report of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)

The status review document for the oceanic whitetip shark will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID345 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/1//2016 
Actual DIssemination Date: 12/20/2016 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID345


Title and Description:

Status Review Report of the Taiwanese humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis taiwanensis)

The status review document for the Taiwanese humpback dolphin will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of the species as well as the species' risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the species is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act. 

ID370 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/15/2017
Actual Dissemination Date: 5/24/2017 
Actual Dissemination Date (draft final product): 6/26/2017 
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID370

 


Title and Description:

Basis-of-Design Technical Guidance for Offshore Aquaculture Installations in the Gulf of Mexico

This document will provide guidance for potential offshore aquaculture applicants in regard to the structural integrity and ability of proposed aquaculture systems to withstand physical stresses associated with major storm events. Specifically, the document describes the data, information and analyses that include information on general site characteristics, system layout, system analysis and loading, individual component specifications, auxiliary equipment and deployment and operations protocols.

ID381 Info. Type:  ISA
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/1/2018
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 4/16/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID381


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2017)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.


ID386 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 3/7/2017
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID386


Title and Description:

U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment (2018)

Section 117 of the U. S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA), as Amended through 1997, requires that a stock assessment be prepared for each marine mammal stock that occurs in waters under USA jurisdiction in consultation with regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). The SRGs consist of individuals with expertise in marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics and modeling, and commercial fishing technology and practices and are mandated to review the marine mammal stock assessments and provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce. Use of these experts enables NOAA to obtain the best available scientific information for these stock assessments. The reports are then made available on the Federal Register for public review and comment before final publication.

The MMPA also requires that stock assessments be updated at least annually for stocks specified as strategic stocks, or for which significant new information is available, and at least once every three years for non-strategic stocks. In these documents, major revisions and updating of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico SARs are completed for approximately ten strategic stocks and for upwards to 50 nonstrategic stocks.


ID387 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 3/7/2018
Contact Person:Michael Liddel Get contact information 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID387


Title and Description:
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDIFE – OCEAN SAMPLING PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION

The information being reviewed is a complete documentation of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Ocean Sampling Program (OSP) recreational fisheries data
collection methods. The WDFW OSP is a stratified, two-stage survey designed to estimate total ocean recreational fishery effort and catch by boat type (charter and private), port,
catch area, and trip type (primary target species). In 2010, NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program sponsored an independent review of the OSP. Since
then, WDFW has pilot tested improvements recommended in that review. This documentation outlines the improved survey program and is being reviewed again for
potential certification by NOAA Fisheries.

ID343 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: Not given. 
Contact Person: Michael Liddel Get contact info 
Peer Review Plan for this Item: ID343