HIGH QUALITY SCIENCE is fundamental to NOAA as a science-based agency. NOAA Fisheries conducts objective peer reviews of scientific activities in major programs at its Science Centers on a regular basis using agreed upon criteria. The purpose of the reviews is to maximize the transparency and effectiveness of major science programs located at the six Science Centers as well as those located in or coordinated through NOAA Fisheries national offices.
To conduct the reviews, we selected experts in the topic area who are not associated with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. During a week-long review, the panel of reviewers will see presentations and have time to discuss the state of the science with management and staff, take public comments, and prepare their individual review report and recommendations.
This review is conducted as part of a standardized process to peer review science conducted by each of the six NOAA Fisheries science centers and the national Office of Science and Technology. Science program reviews are conducted on a five-year cycle, with a different thematic focus each year.