High Quality Science
The quality of our science is fundamental to NOAA as a science-based agency. NOAA Fisheries reviews the scientific activities in major programs at its Science Centers on a regular basis using agreed upon criteria.
These reviews maximize transparency and effectiveness of our major science programs located at the six Science Centers as well as those located in and coordinated through NOAA Fisheries national offices. We value providing transparency and take steps to guarantee the highest standards in Arctic and sub-Arctic ecological research.
To conduct the 5-year reviews, we select experts in the topic areas who are not associated with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. The panel of reviewers see presentations and have time to discuss the state of the science with management and staff, take public comments, and prepare their individual review reports and recommendations.
Year In Review
Each year we prepare a year in review to summarize and present the research activities and key results from these activities from the previous year. These reports are produced by each NOAA Fisheries office, with key findings from all science centers and offices compiled into a national NOAA Fisheries year in review.
5-Year Peer Review
Expert peer reviews are conducted as part of a standardized peer review process conducted by each of the six NOAA Fisheries science centers and the White House's Office of Science and Technology. Full science program peer reviews are conducted on a five-year cycle, each with a different thematic focus.