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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6067.
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Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments

Committee to Review Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments

Ocean Studies Board

Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, DC
1998

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6067.
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competencies and with regard for appropriate balance.

This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

This report and the committee were supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.

This study was supported by Contract No. 50-DKNA-6-90040 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Any opinions, findings,conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

Cover art, by Winslow Homer, titled "The Fog Warning." Provided by the Otis Norcross Fund, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6067.
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COMMITTEE ON NORTHEAST FISHERY STOCK ASSESSMENTS

TERRANCE J. QUINN II, Chair,

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau

WYATT ANDERSON,

University of Georgia, Athens

WAYNE M. GETZ,

University of California, Berkeley

RAY HILBORN,

University of Washington, Seattle

CYNTHIA JONES,

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

JEAN-JACQUES MAGUIRE,

Advice in Fisheries Science and Management, Quebec, Canada

ANA PARMA,

International Pacific Halibut Commission, Seattle

TORE SCHWEDER,

University of Oslo, Norway

GUNNAR STEFANSSON,

Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland

Staff

M. ELIZABETH CLARKE, Study Director

GLENN MERRILL, Research Associate

SHARI MAGUIRE, Project Assistant

ANN CARLISLE, Project Assistant

Consultant

GRAEME PARKES,

MRAG Americas

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6067.
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OCEAN STUDIES BOARD

KENNETH BRINK, Chair,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

ALICE ALLDREDGE,

University of California, Santa Barbara

DAVID BRADLEY,

Pennsylvania State University, State College

WILLIAM CURRY,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

ELLEN DRUFFEL,

University of California, Irvine

RANA FINE,

University of Miami, Florida

CARL FRIEHE,

University of California, Irvine

ROBERT GAGOSIAN,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

SUSAN HANNA,

Oregon State University, Corvallis

JOHN HOBBIE,

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

EILEEN HOFMANN,

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

JOHN KNAUSS,

University of Rhode Island, Narragansett

ROBERT KNOX,

University of California, San Diego

RAY KRONE,

University of California, Davis

LOUIS LANZEROTTI,

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey

JOHN MAGNUSON,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

WILLIAM MERRELL,

The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Washington, D.C.

B. GREGORY MITCHELL,

University of California, San Diego

NEIL OPDYKE,

University of Florida, Gainesville

MICHAEL ORBACH,

Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, North Carolina

TERRANCE QUINN,

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau

C. BARRY RALEIGH,

University of Hawaii, Honolulu

JAMES RAY,

Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

GEORGE SOMERO,

Stanford University, Pacific Grove, California

PAUL STOFFA,

University of Texas, Austin

Staff

MORGAN GOPNIK, Director

M. ELIZABETH CLARKE, Associate Director

EDWARD R. URBAN, JR., Program Officer

DAN WALKER, Program Officer

ROBIN MORRIS, Financial Associate

GLENN MERRILL, Research Associate

LORA TAYLOR, Senior Project Assistant

JENNIFER SWERDA, Project Assistant

SHARI MAGUIRE, Project Assistant

ANN CARLISLE, Project Assistant

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Review of Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6067.
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COMMISSION ON GEOSCIENCES, ENVIRONMENT, AND RESOURCES

GEORGE M. HORNBERGER, Chair,

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

PATRICK R. ATKINS,

Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

JAMES P. BRUCE,

Canadian Climate Program Board, Ottawa, Ontario

WILLIAM L. FISHER,

University of Texas, Austin

JERRY F. FRANKLIN,

University of Washington, Seattle

THOMAS E. GRAEDEL,

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

DEBRA KNOPMAN,

Progressive Foundation, Washington, D.C.

KAI N. LEE,

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

PERRY L. MCCARTY,

Stanford University, California

JUDITH E. MCDOWELL,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

RICHARD A. MESERVE,

Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

S. GEORGE PHILANDER,

Princeton University, New Jersey

RAYMOND A. PRICE,

Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario

THOMAS C. SCHELLING,

University of Maryland, College Park

ELLEN SILBERGELD,

University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore

VICTORIA J. TSCHINKEL,

Landers and Parsons, Tallahassee, Florida

E-AN ZEN,

University of Maryland, College Park

Staff

ROBERT HAMILTON, Executive Director

GREGORY SYMMES, Assistant Executive Director

JEANETTE SPOON, Administrative Officer

SANDI FITZPATRICK, Administrative Associate

MARQUITA SMITH, Administrative Assistant/Technology Analyst

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The collapse of cod, flounder, and haddock fish stocks in the Northeast United States has caused widespread concern among managers and fishers in the United States and Canada. The diminishing stocks have forced managers to take strict regulatory measures. Numerous questions have been raised about the adequacy of stock assessment science used to evaluate the status of these stocks and the appropriateness of the management measures taken. Based on these concerns, Congress mandated that a scientific review of the methodology and data used to evaluate these stocks be conducted. In this volume, the committee concludes that although there are improvements to be made in data collection, modeling uncertainty, and communicating between fishers, managers, and scientists, the scientific methods used in the Northeast stock assessments are sound. Recommendations are made on how the stock assessment process can be improved.

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