March 30, 2020
The Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet to discuss the MRIP Fishing Effort Survey and its calibration to historical catch and effort data. This meeting, originally planned for April 14-15, 2020, was rescheduled due to concerns about COVID-19 virus and travel restrictions. The workshop will convene from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM on Wednesday July 8 and Thursday July 9, 2020 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel located at 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607.
The workshop will begin on July 8th with a presentation and discussion of the differences in effort survey design, catch and effort estimation, characterization of biases, and quality control measures for the new MRIP Fishing Effort Survey. The Committees will also discuss the calibration process, including models and methods, comparison to historical data, and impacts of calibration on regional estimates of fishing effort. The weight estimation procedures will also be addressed, followed by a discussion of how the Fishing Effort Survey will impact quota monitoring.
On July 9th, the Committees will consider case studies for Gulf of Mexico migratory group King Mackerel and Gray Snapper. A comparison of landings, effort, and discards, pre and post-Fishing Effort Survey as well as treatment of shore mode landings, effort and discards will be presented for both stocks. The Committees are expected to review this information, discuss it, and provide any recommendations to the Council. This workshop is open to the public.
View the meeting agenda and materials, here.
Register for the webinar, here.