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U.S. Caribbean Fishery Independent Survey Workshop


NOAA Fisheries convened a workshop at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami September 16-18, 2014 to describe and evaluate fishery independent monitoring programs in the US Caribbean for applicability to stock assessment. Over 35 regional experts from ~10 different entities (Federal, territorial, university and private) participated. Over 20 surveys were examined and discussed in the context of their relevance to US Caribbean stock assessments.  Workshop participants contributed to priority setting exercises that will help set goals for refining or initiating surveys to enhance management of fishery resources in the US Caribbean.

The Terms of Reference for this workshop were:

1) Identify fisheries independent data sources in the U.S. Caribbean.
2) Document the data source (e.g. POC, purpose of sampling, sampling methodology, species encountered and encounter frequency, relevant metadata).
3) Evaluate utility for stock assessment and make recommendations.
4) Build collaborations.

By all accounts, the workshop was a resounding success and the organizing committee generously thanks all of the participants for their contributions and engagement.  Below you will find links to workshop information, survey descriptions provided by the attendees, and presentations given during the workshop.  The primary deliverable from this meeting will be a written report published as a NOAA Tech Memo or by other means as appropriate. This workshop was funded by the Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN) in 2013.

For more information, contact:

Shannon Cass-Calay (305) 631-4231

Jennifer Schull (305) 361-4204

Meaghan Bryan (305) 361-4577 

Bill Arnold  (727) 551-5764