As required by the guiding
legislation, all analytical approaches involved in the stock assessment
model and development of biological reference points were submitted to an
independent peer review. The peer review was conducted with the logistical
support of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was funded
through an Environmental
Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant.
The panelists were selected via an objective
process in which the Maryland Department of Natural Resources submitted a
request to the director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Population
Dynamics Branch to provide a list of stock assessment scientists within the
continental U.S. who would be qualified to review the oyster assessment. Dr.
Jacobsen provided contacts for six individuals he deemed qualified. The team
selected three panelists from the list based on their experience, availability
The peer review was conducted from Aug. 27-29,
2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. The peer review panel submitted questions to the
stock assessment team before the meeting in order to focus the discussion. The
stock assessment team provided four presentations to the peer review panel to
address the submitted questions from the panel and describe the analytical
The panel was comprised of:
Dr. Paul Rago (Chair)
Paul Rago is a member of the Science and
Statistical Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Council (MAFMC). Prior to his retirement in 2016, he was Chief of
the Population Dynamics Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Woods Hole where he led over 40
fishery scientists to assess the status of finfish and shellfish stocks in the
Northeast US. His stock assessment experience includes nearly all the stocks in
the Northeast US and several in other countries. Research interests include
quantitative analyses of populations, graphical methods for exploratory data
analysis, experimental estimation of gear efficiency, design of bycatch
monitoring programs, and cooperative research programs with industry. With the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1978-1992) Rago served as research coordinator
of the Emergency Striped Bass Study and a variety of Atlantic salmon studies.
Rago received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Daniel Hennen
Dan Hennen is a Research Operations Analyst
for the Population Dynamics Branch of the Northeast Fishery Science Center in
Woods Hole, where he has worked since 2009. He serves as lead analyst for stock
assessments of Atlantic surfclam, ocean quahog and Atlantic halibut. Hennen was
Research Biometrician for the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, Alaska from
2004-2009. His research interests include, population simulation, automation,
parameter estimation, survey analysis and design. Hennen received his Ph.D.
from Montana State in 2004.
Dr. Daphne Munroe
Daphne Munroe is an associate professor at
Rutgers University in the Department of Marine and Coastal Science, Haskin
Shellfish Research Laboratory. Dr. Munroe has a Ph.D. from the University of
British Columbia where she studied ecological interactions of intertidal clam
farming. She has over 15 years of experience doing research in shellfish
ecology, focusing on shellfish fisheries and aquaculture and has participated
in federal and state assessments for clams and oysters.
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