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NOAA Fisheries 2015 Science Program Reviews: Protected Species

2015 Program Review
Terms of Reference
Review Panel
Review Panel
Summary Report
AFSC Review
Summary Response
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North Pacific and Arctic areas where the Alaska Fisheries Science Center conducts marine mammal research. Click map for more information on 2015 marine mammal field work activities.

HIGH QUALITY SCIENCE is fundamental to NOAA as a science-based agency. NOAA Fisheries conducts objective peer reviews of scientific activities in major programs at its Science Centers on a regular basis using agreed-upon criteria. The purpose of the reviews is to maximize the transparency and effectiveness of major science programs located at the six Science Centers as well as those located in or coordinated through NMFS Headquarters.

In 2015, the objectives of the reviews are to examine and evaluate protected species stock assessment and applied research programs conducted pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Act and comparable international agreements.  At the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s 2015 review, an independent review panel will learn about the marine mammal science information needs, priorities, and research activities that are relevant to current programs.  The review panel will consider materials provided by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and will provide input on ways to improve the quality of marine mammal science programs.  The review and comment on programs addressing the following species and species groups:  Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, ice-associated seals, harbor seals, large whales, Cook Inlet beluga, and other cetaceans.  Within each species-focused section, the following themes will be covered:  1) research priorities, 2) objectives, 3) partners, 4) methods, 5) data quality, 6) strengths, 7) weaknesses, 8) mandates, 9) recommendations, 10) communication, and 11) access to data.   

To conduct the reviews, a panel of experts in the topic area who are not associated with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center was selected.  During a week-long review, the panel of reviewers will see presentations and have time to discuss the state of the science with management and staff, take public comments, and prepare individual review reports and recommendations.

Invitation from Doug DeMaster


  • When: 16-20 March 2015

  • Where: Traynor Conference Room - Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Building 4, NOAA Western Regional Campus, Seattle, Wa (see map)

  • What to do when you arrive

  • Join by WebEx or Teleconference: please RSVP to Robyn Angliss (206 697-1279)

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