Population assessments are a key component of marine resource management. These assessments allow us to evaluate and report the status of managed fisheries, marine mammals, and endangered/threatened species under the authorities of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
To conduct population assessments, our scientists:
- Collect data and information.
- Analyze results through quantitative methods.
- Hold peer review.
- Communicate results to our partners and stakeholders.
The assessment process uses current data and advanced analytical techniques in an effort to provide the best scientific information available for conservation and management decisions.