Science & Statistics
Management measures developed by the Council are informed by fisheries science and data collected by a number of state and regional partners. The Council relies on the SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment process to provide them with the science needed to assess the health of fish stocks they manage, and on the Scientific & Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Socio-Economic Panel (SEP) to review stock assessments and provide guidance on how to manage those stocks taking biological, social, and economic effects into consideration.
SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) is the cooperative process by which stock assessment projects are conducted in NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Region. SEDAR was initiated to improve planning and coordination of stock assessment activities and to improve the quality and reliability of assessments.
SEDAR strives to provide an open and transparent approach for development and review of the scientific information on fish stocks that is critical to management decision making. All SEDAR workshops and webinars are open to the public and all information related to those assessments is available on the SEDAR website.
- Southeast Fisheries Science Center– Providing the scientific advice and data needed to effectively manage the living resources of the Southeast Region and Atlantic high seas.
- NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology– Providing the science behind how we manage sustainable fisheries, protected species, and healthy ecosystems.
- NOAA Fisheries – Marine Recreational Information Program – NOAA Fisheries program responsible for estimating and reporting marine recreational catch and effort.
Atlantic Coast Cooperative Statistics Program
The Atlantic Coast Cooperative Statistics Program is a cooperative state-federal program that designs, implements, and conducts marine fisheries statistics data collection programs and integrates those data into a single data management system that will meet the needs of fishery managers, scientists, and fishermen.