The Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) is an important recreational and commercial fish species in the Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) and South Atlantic (SA) regions. To address management and stakeholder concerns about the greater amberjack fisheries in both regions, Congress authorized funding of $ 10 Million for a multi-year Greater Amberjack Research Program to be implemented through a cooperative agreement with the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
Research Program Goal
The goal of this research program is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches, and knowledge to improve agency and agency independent estimates of the abundance of Greater Amberjack throughout the Greater Amberjack’s range.
The project consists of three phases in which a steering committee will provide overall guidance.
The Visioning Phase will focus on developing a set of research recommendations for the program, based on existing information and consultation of stakeholders and independent experts. Research recommendations developed in the visioning phase will be considered by the steering committee in their development of the Request for Proposals (RFP).
The Implementing Phase will consist of (1) finalizing, releasing, and advertising the (RFP) (2) evaluating and selecting the fundable proposals, and (3) implementing the research projects that address the priorities. For more information about this component please visit http://masgc.org/greater-amberjack/about
The Documenting Phase will summarize the results of research funded by this project to facilitate the transfer of new knowledge derived from the research to stakeholders involved in the stock assessment process.
The aim of the visioning process is to develop a set of research recommendations to be considered for the implementation phase of the program. The visioning process entails:
(1) reviewing existing information from stock assessments, management reports, and the scientific literature;
(2) conducting a situation analysis based on stakeholder input;
(3) identifying a draft set of research recommendations;
(4) obtaining stakeholder feedback on the draft research recommendations through regional listening sessions; and
(5) obtaining technical feedback on the draft research recommendations from a panel of independent experts.
Stakeholders are invited to give input to the situation analysis in September-October 2020, and to provide feedback on the draft research recommendations during listening sessions planned for late November-December. During the situation analysis, we are looking for broad input to help us understand how stakeholders view the greater amberjack fishery, its management, and the science used in management. If you’d like to share your views and knowledge for the situation analysis, please reach out to the point of contact in your Sea Grant program (see below) or to Nancy Montes at Florida Sea Grant. Details on how to provide feedback on draft recommendations at the subsequent listening sessions will be posted in due course.
To obtain a copy of the draft of the greater amberjack research recommendations produced during the visioning phase of the program please CLICK HERE.
To obtain more information about the current status (implementation phase) of the program please contact Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium or visit http://masgc.org/greater-amberjack/about.
Please direct any questions regarding the VISIONING PHASE to your Sea Grant program’s point of contact or to Florida Sea Grant c/o Dr. Nancy Montes at firstname.lastname@example.org