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Notice of SEDAR 39 assessment Webinars for HMS Smoothhound Sharks.
The SEDAR 39 assessment of HMS Smoothhound Sharks will consist of a series of Webinars. This notice is for the Webinars associated with the Assessment portion of the SEDAR process. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
The assessment Webinars for SEDAR 39 will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time; Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time; Friday, October 31, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. central time; Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time; and Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time.
Meeting address: The meetings will be held via Webinar. The Webinar is open to the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see Contact Information below) to request an invitation providing Webinar access information. Please request Webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of each Webinar.
SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator; telephone: (843) 571-4366; email: email@example.com.
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The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a multi-step process including: (1) Data Workshop; and (2) a series of assessment Webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The product of the Assessment Webinar Process is a report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses; and describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: Data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies.
The items of discussion in the Assessment Process Webinars are as follows:
1. Using datasets and initial assessment analysis recommended from the Data Workshop, panelists will employ assessment models to evaluate stock status, estimate population Start Printed Page 50625benchmarks and management criteria, and project future conditions.
2. Panelists will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency.
These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 10 business days prior to the meeting.
The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change.
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Dated: August 20, 2014.
William D. Chappell,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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