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      Lost or abandoned fish traps continue fishing, killing captured fish and damaging habitat. We
      work with fishing communities in the Caribbean and North Carolina to learn why traps are
      abandoned their impact. We estimate that the 650 traps lost each year cost the St. John and St.
      Thomas fishery $30,000-40,000 annually.
Lost or abandoned fish traps continue fishing, killing captured fish and damaging habitat. We work with fishing communities in the Caribbean and North Carolina to learn why traps are abandoned their impact. We estimate that the 650 traps lost each year cost the St. John and St. Thomas fishery $30,000-40,000 annually.

Peer review is a long–established mechanism for ensuring quality scientific research. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other federal agencies that support extramural scientific work routinely use standardized peer review processes to evaluate external research proposals and ensure high quality standards.

It is appropriate that the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), as a significant NOAA/National Ocean Service science arm supporting both extra– and intramural research, establish similar quality control procedures for the research, monitoring, assessment and related activities it conducts internally. In addition, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB, 2004), "A wide variety of authorities have argued that peer review practices at federal agencies need to be strengthened."

The purpose of this plan is to ensure that NCCOS scientists are conducting high quality investigations of significant value to NOAA and the nation, and to demonstrate that quality to interested parties through independent, objective review.

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