Each regional management council has a Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) responsible for reviewing the scientific basis of council management plans and actions and developing fishing level recommendations in accordance with national fisheries management guidelines. SSC members also play a key role in developing stock assessments for Council managed resources through participation in SEDAR, the Southeast Data Assessment and Review program.
The SSC is made up of economists, biologists, sociologists and natural resource attorneys who are knowledgeable about the technical aspects of fisheries in the South Atlantic.
The SSC also has a Socio-Economic Panel (SEP) made up of social scientists and economists who advise the Council of the social and economic impacts of fishery management measures.
The South Atlantic Council's SSC meets twice a year to address a broad range of topics, including stock assessments, management action evaluations, social and economic analyses, habitat evaluations, and ecosystem management issues.