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The Northeast Fisheries Science Center is informing stakeholders of the 2019 schedule for groundfish stock assessments. During these assessments, scientists will use existing models and data sources to evaluate stock health. Data comes from research surveys, recreational and commercial fishermen, commercial dealers, and commercial fisheries observers.

The assessments involve a several-step process that begins with a panel that reviews the scientific information and plan for each assessment. Once these are accepted, the assessments begin and, upon completion, are reviewed by an independent panel of experts.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the process begins for the groundfish complex. At this meeting, assessment plans will be reviewed for 14 stocks. After this meeting, scientists will spend the summer conducting the assessments. The assessment peer review meeting will be held September 9-11, 2019.

Here is a roundup of the details for in-person attendance and remote access options via webinar or call-in.

  • What: Assessment Oversight Panel (AOP) meeting for 14 groundfish stocks
  • When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Swope Center, Meig's Room (upstairs), North Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543
  • Parking: Designated parking is available at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole. Check in at the front desk of the main building for a parking pass and walk to the Swope Center – Map info.
  • Call-In Conference Number: Dial +1 (866) 822-6179 and enter the following access code: 5003656
Questions and Additional Information: Contact Michele Traver at (508) 495-2195,