The Pelagic Ecosystem Research Consortium's (PERC) core mission directly responds to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s calls to advance science-based management of highly migratory species (HMS) while maintaining engagement of relevant stakeholders, commercial and recreational fishing industries, the seafood industry, and academic researchers.
PERC outcomes pave the way for future HMS research regarding stock assessments, HMS-related ecosystem disturbances, apex predator research, and marine conservation. HMS stock assessments are deficient in fundamental, vital biological data. As a result, HMS management efforts suffer from a chronic, but fixable problem: limited to no region- or population-specific data on life history, CPUE indices, bycatch reduction, post-release mortality, disease status, anthropogenic impacts, or even basic landings information. For example, during each stock assessment, the ICCAT Standing Committee on Research & Statistics (SCRS) pleads for improved fundamental biological information to hone its assessment models towards properly allocating quotas and sustainably managing fisheries. Finally, because HMS research is so expensive, our consortium model allows for the most efficient use of limited economic and logistical resources to conduct a broad scope of essential, cross-cutting HMS research.
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