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Center for Independent Experts Review of the November 2010 Biological Opinion on BSAI and GOA Groundfish Fisheries

June 23, 2022

Alaska groundfish fisheries peer review of the scientific information and analysis contained in the 2010 biological opinion.


NOAA Fisheries contracted with the Center for Independent Experts  to conduct a peer review of the November 2010 Biological Opinion on the Alaska groundfish fisheries, which NOAA Fisheries prepared under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The CIE is a group that provides independent peer reviews of the science upon which many of NOAA Fisheries' management decisions are based, including reviews of stock assessments for fish and marine mammals. The structure and operation of the CIE are designed to ensure the quality, relevance, and independence of the reviews. Independence is maintained by eliminating any role for NOAA Fisheries in selecting reviewers or in approving the content of reviewers' reports. Reviewers must adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy.

The ESA requires each federal agency to insure than any action authorized, funded, or carried out by the agency is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any threatened or endangered species or adversely modify critical habitat. Action agencies must consult with NOAA Fisheries or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding any action that may affect listed species. For fisheries managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, NOAA Fisheries is the action agency and must complete the consultation internally, involving its Sustainable Fisheries Division (responsible for authorization of the fisheries) and Protected Resources Division (responsible for implementing the ESA).
Review Process

The subject of this review is the scientific information and analysis contained in the Biological Opinion. The review consists of two parts: (1) a desk review of the Biological Opinion including information available to NOAA Fisheries through September 3, 2010, and (2) a panel review of new information that became available subsequent to issuance of the Biological Opinion. The Scope of Work and Terms of Reference (TOR) for the CIE review are available.

CIE Reviewers

Dr. Don Bowen
Population Ecology Division
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Dr. Brent Stewart
Senior Research Scientist
Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
San Diego, California

Dr. Kevin Stokes
Wellington, New Zealand

CIE Peer Reviews of the Biological Opinion

CIE Review Meeting

August 1–2, 2012: Seattle, WA


Supporting Materials provided to the CIE by Presenters

Documents Reviewed by the CIE Panel

Mandatory documents for the desk review (Chapter 1):

Mandatory documents for the panel review (Chapter 2):

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/24/2022

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