Stock Assessment Prioritization: Guiding decisions on which fish stocks to assess

nmfs_logoWhat are stock assessments?  Assessments for managed fish and shellfish stocks are an important core activity of NOAA NMFS. Why is prioritization needed?  There are 478 managed stocks in 46 Fishery Management Plans (Annual Report on Status of U.S. Fisheries). Presently, NOAA NMFS has the capacity to update only about 100 assessments each year. How will prioritization work?  What are the next steps? Read [email protected]  13:02