Scientific Review Board (SRB)

At the 2013 Annual Meeting, the International Pacific Halibut Commission approved the formation of a Scientific Review Board (SRB) to provide an independent scientific review of Commission science products and programs, and to support and strengthen the stock assessment process. In the near term, this standing peer review process is expected to focus on a review of the annual stock assessment model and harvest policy prepared by the IPHC staff. Over time, this emphasis will shift to a broader review of scientific programs, including outputs from the Research Advisory Board and the Management Strategy Advisory Board, in addition to the annual stock assessment results and advice. The SRB will also conduct other key reviews as directed by the Commission, on topics such as research plans, updates and changes to survey methodology, and white papers on selected critical issues.

The SRB currently consists of three independent fisheries science experts approved by the Commission, listed below. The SRB members’ terms will be staggered in order to facilitate continuity while regularly bringing in fresh scientific viewpoints.

This webpage is where the SRB will post its news for the public. The most recent meetings, results, and announcements will be posted here, along with notices of upcoming meetings. Reports from earlier meetings can be found via the link to the right.

SRB Members

The SRB members are:

Dr. Sean Cox is Associate Professor of Fisheries Science and Management at Simon Fraser University. He is a fisheries scientist focusing on aquatic conservation and management of human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. His research develops quantitative fisheries stock assessment methods and field research to address issues in fisheries management such as (i) design and evaluation of management procedures for commercial groundfish, herring, and salmon fisheries; (ii) evaluating impacts of bottom-fishing gear on benthic marine ecosystems; and (iii) the role of spatial processes in fish population dynamics, fisheries, and monitoring programs. These theme areas involve the extensive use of mathematical and statistical modeling techniques.

Dr. Cox frequently provides fishery assessment and management advice to Canadian federal and provincial fisheries agencies as well as several fishing industry associations, conservation groups, and eco-certification bodies.

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Dr. James Ianelli is a senior assessment scientist at the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fishery Science Center, where he is an active member of the Center’s stock assessment team and has authored numerous analytical documents applied to the management of important groundfish species in the North Pacific. He has worked as a field biologist in a number of unique positions over his career investigating tuna biology and fisheries, as well as work on Dungeness crabs, flying fish, trochus, and statistical data collection problems for small-scale reef fisheries. He served as a research scientist with the South Pacific Commission based in New Caledonia and was Lab Director for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission’s facility in Panama.

Dr. Ianelli’s research interests include developing statistical approaches for ecosystem/fisheries conservation management. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington and serves as an editor for the journal “Natural Resource Modeling.” He chairs the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Plan Team and serves as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

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Dr. Marc Mangel is Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for Stock Assessment Research, which is a joint training program between UCSC and the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Santa Cruz where students and post-doctoral colleagues learn the quantitative methods needed for ecosystem-based fishery management, which can be used to improve the sustainability of fisheries in the U.S. and world-wide. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Theoretical Ecology Group at the University of Bergen, Norway, Visiting Professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Puget Sound Institute, Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA.

Dr. Mangel is broadly interested in using mathematical methods to solve problems that arise in biology, especially ecology, evolution, and behavior. He and his research group are currently developing the tools that will be needed to make Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) a practicable approach for fishery management in the 21st century.

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