NOAA Fisheries Agency To Hold ‘TRAC’ Meeting with Foreign Officials

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FALMOUTH- Officials with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center are gearing up for their 20th annual ‘U.S-Canada Trans-boundary Resource Assessment Committee Meeting’ where scientists from each country will update the status of various Eastern Georges Bank fish species.

During the assessment, research survey and fishery catch data will be used to build a current picture of population sizes, numbers of young fish coming into the population, the amount of fish removed through harvests, and more.

U.S. scientists will also present some new work that evaluates how much variation there is in area swept by the trawl gear used in federal research surveys, and how this affects survey results for the TRAC species.

The meeting will take place at the Woods Hole Lab from July 10th thru the 12th.

Since 1998, the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) has reviewed stock assessments and projections for fishery stocks shared by the U.S. and Canada in the Gulf of Maine.

For more information on the meeting, click HERE.

BY JOHN BONDAREK- CapeCod.Com News Center

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