The Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review or SEDAR process is a multi-step method for examining stock assessments.  The process includes data collectors, biologists, fishermen, database managers, stock assessment biologists, Council members and staff throughout each stage.  These assessments are used to determine needed management measures.  The SEDAR process is utilized by fishery managers in the South Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. All workshops are open to the public.  

Download the currentSEDAR Schedule (PDF)  (As of 6/11/13)

SEDAR Fact Sheet  (6/7/12)

The SEDAR process includes three steps:

1.  Data Workshop - key people involved in collecting, keeping, and maintaining the data, biologists who understand the species, and experienced fishermen are brought together.  Workshop participants research and review all data available, determine what data should be used for the assessment, and what data and research is still needed.

2. Stock Assessment Workshop - stock assessment biologists, scientists, and fishermen meet to determine what tools are to be used to formulate the stock assessment, how to interpret information from the assessment, and how uncertainty is to be incorporated into the assessment.

3. Peer Review - the products of steps one and two is a stock assessment report.  This report is peer reviewed by the Review Committee, a group of independent experts.  The Review Committee then formulates its conclusions and recommendations in a final consensus report and an advisory report that includes strenghts and weaknesses in the assessment and recommendations to fishery managers for future data and research needs.

For additional information, including up to date document listings, visit the SEDAR homepage


2012 Highlights:

SEDAR 28- South Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Spanish Mackerel and Cobia - Data Workshop,February 6-10, 2012: Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC 29402, phone 843/723-3000.  Assessment Workshop, May 7-11, 2012: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove, 2649 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133, phone 305/858-2500.  Review Workshop, October 29-November 2, 2012: Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta-Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone 404/231-1234. SEDAR 28 Schedule ofEvents (PDF)  For additional details, contact SEDAR Coordinators at or or call 843/571-4366.

2011 Highlights:

SEDAR 25 - South Atlantic Black Sea Bass and Tilefish - Data Workshop: April 26-28, 2011; Marriott Lockwood, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC, 29403, phone 800/968-3569. Assessment Workshop: June 21-23, 2011;  NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, 101 Pivers Island Road, Beaufort, NC 28561, phone 252/727-8607. Review Workshop: October11-13, 2011; Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29418, phone 843/744-4422.  SEDAR 25 Schedule of Events (PDF) For additional details, contact SEDAR Coordinators at or call 843/571-4366.

SEDAR Steering Committee met Thursday, October 13, 2011 to discuss the SEDAR assessment schedule, SEDAR process and budget. Read more

2010 Highlights:

SEDAR 23 - Gulf and South Atlantic Goliath Grouper - Data Workshop: April 27-29, 2010; Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. This is a joint workshop to include the Gulf of Mexico and is facilitate by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Assessment Workshop: August 2-6, 2010 in St. Petersburg, FL. Review Workshop:  Review Workshop: November 15-17, 2010 - Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 . 

SEDAR 24 - South Atlantic Red Snapper - Data Workshop: May 24-28, 2010; Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.  Review Workshop: scheduled for October 12-14, 2010 at the Hilton DeSoto, 15 East Liberty Street in Savannah, GA.   Access the Red Snapper Final Assessment Report (SEDAR 24) and additional information relative to the red snapper stock assessment from the SEDAR Web site.  Note:  The Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee requested additional analysis for red snapper following the assessment.  That analysis was used for management purposes and is included in the reportSEDAR 24: Management quantities and projections requested by SSC and SERO

SEDAR Spiny Lobster Update -  September 28-30, 2010; Key West Marriot Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040. This was a joint workshop to include the Gulf of Mexico.  Review Workshop:November 18-19, 2010 at the Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040