Year 1 (2021-2022)

  • Stakeholder workshops to identify research questions and scenarios for simulation evaluations

  • Synthesis and statistical analysis of Northeast Bottom Trawl Survey data and spatial overlap with wind areas to parameterize an observation model

  • Development of a spatially-explicit model simulator framework capable of mirroring historical, observational data from the Northeast Bottom Trawl Surveys and other potentially supplemental monitoring methods (continued in year 2)

Year 2 (2022-2023)

  • Parameterization of the simulator framework for a key set of managed groundfish species

  • Simulation testing to evaluate the performance of plausible alternatives for survey design given a set of ecosystem scenarios

  • Measurements of resulting uncertainty on key data streams used in fishery stock assessment