SEFSC and SERO Meeting to Discuss the IPT and BSIA Process


On April 12, 2016, the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) will be hosting a meeting with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) to discuss the Interdisciplinary Plan Team (IPT) and Best Scientific Information Available (BSIA) processes.  The goal of the meeting is to increase understanding of these processes, and, if applicable, for SEFSC and SERO staff to develop ways to improve the processes.

An agenda for the meeting can be found here.


Below are the documents that will be discussed at the meeting:

  1. Welcoming Remarks

  2. Broad overview of the fishery management process
       2A. IPT and Decision Process

  3. Overview of IPT process
       3A.  SERO to SEFSC Tasking Protocol - Updated June 2015
       3B. Regional Operating Agreements
                a. Gulf of Mexico
                b. South Atlantic
                c. Caribbean

  4. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) significance
       4A. SERO NEPA Quality Assurance Plan (QAP)
       4B. NEPA Compliance for Council-initiated Fishery Management Actions under the Magnuson-Stevens Act
       4C. NEPA Threshold Checklist

  5. Data requests and review of analyses

  6. Overview of SEFSC review and BSIA certification
       6A. National 2 Guidelines

  7. What can we do to improve the processes