The science agenda of SCEMFIS includes:
  • development of essential biological data on fish stocks, including fecundity, age structure, and sources of mortality;

  • improved models of sampling design, population dynamics, habitat, and fishery performance;

  • evaluation of geographic and depth variations in stock structure and how these relate to the genetics, physiology and sexual dimorphism of species;

  • improved approaches to fishing to limit discard reduction through gear innovation and modifications in fleet deployment consistent with oceanographic processes;

  • improved assessment model formulations to better integrate available data; and

  • refined approaches to establishing biological reference points.

All data are shared with federal agencies, fisheries management councils, and regional commissions.