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Science Workshop Agenda - Chatham, MA

Monday, February 3, 2014

7:30 am - 8:00 am 
Breakfast 
8:00 am - 8:15 am 
Welcome & Overview
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Introductions, charge for the day
9:00 am - 10:15 am 
Concepts in Population Biology with Gary Shepherd, NMFS, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  • Goal:
    • Provide an understanding of the fundamentals of fisheries science and population dynamics; get everyone talking the same language.
  • Key Concepts:
    • Definitions: Growth, Recruitment, Mortality, etc.
    • Population Models
    • Age Structure
    • Reproductive Biology
    • Stock Concepts (unit stock, spawning stock, recruits, stock-recruitment, etc.)

10:15 am - 10:30 am 
Break

  • Dissection of a fish and biological sampling
10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Population Biology, continued
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 
Working Lunch Current State of Collaborative Research with John Hoey
  • How Cooperative Research has contributed to stock assessments
  • Improving management tools
  • Experiences from participants
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Sampling, Statistics, and Surveys by Gary Shepherd, NMFS, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  • Goal: 
    • To introduce the basic tools of analysis used in stock assessments and how stock surveys are conducted.
  • Key Concepts:
    • The why and how of statistics and sampling
    • Description and demonstration of sampling protocols
    • Data bases
    • Research vessel surveys
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sampling, Statistics, and Surveys, continued
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm 
Daily wrap-up and evaluations
  • MREP implementation team
6:00 pm 
Dinner

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

7:30 am - 8:00 am 
Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am 
Charge of the day
8:15 am - 9:45 am 
Biological Oceanography by Jon Hare, NMFS Narragansett Lab, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  •  Goal:
    • Understanding how oceanographic conditions and fish habitat effect fishery productivity along the eastern seaboard; implications for stock assessments
  • Key Topics:
    • Circulation processes
    • Critical interactions within a marine ecosystem
    • Monitoring tools, data collection and fishermen
9:45 am - 10:00 am 
Break

10:00 am 10:30 am
Climate Change and Fisheries in the Northeast by Jon Hare, NMFS Narragansett Lab, Northeast Fishery Science Center

  • Climate signals in fisheries
  • Mapping trends and forecasting

10:30 am - 11:00 am 
Ecosystems and Fishery Productivity by Jon Hare, NMFS Narragansett Lab

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Role of Science in Management, by Russ Brown, NMFS, Deputy Director, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  •  Goal: 
    • To understand science process and the relationship between fishery science and fishery management.
  • Key Topics:
    • How scientific method can conflict with the expectations of fishermen and others.
    • Dealing with uncertainty in assessments
  • What to expect out of peer review:
    • Best available science vs. best possible science
    • Questions for the Science Center Deputy Director
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Stock Assessments and Modeling, by Steve Cadrin, U Massachusetts, NEFMC SSC member
  • Goal: 
    • To gain familiarity with the various models used in stock assessments.
  • Key Topics:
    • Biological Reference Points
    • Assessment Models
    • Surplus Production
    • Index-based
    • Virtual Population Analysis
    • Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC)
    • The NEFMC Science and Statistical Committee
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm 
Break
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm 
Stock Assessments and Modeling, continued
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Final thoughts from participants, wrap-up and evaluations with MREP moderator