Council Support

Understanding challenges, exploring solutions

The Fisheries Forum provided targeted support to councils through collaborations that leveraged our ability to synthesize information, “ask the right questions,” and design customized processes to work through challenging issues.

Our services included policy research and analysis, scoping and issue framing, convening and facilitation, writing, networking, and problem solving. As a neutral convener we provided capacity, fostered collaboration, and worked across diverse perspectives and disciplines to work through a wide range of fishery management topics.

Ecosystem Research Workshop

North Pacific Fishery Management Council
February 7, 2018 • Seattle, WA

The NPFMC Ecosystem Research Workshop engaged the Council community, including Council members, scientific and industry advisors, and stakeholders, in a discussion about how the region’s growing body of ecosystem knowledge can be incorporated into the Council process.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary ,and presentations)

New England Council Program Review

New England Fishery Management Council
Stakeholder input opportunities • Spring 2018

NEFMC completed an independent review to: (1) assess past performance; (2) gather feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the Council process and operations; and (3) identify potential areas for improvements. The Fisheries Forum supported the Council’s review by gathering input from fishery managers and stakeholders.

NEFMC Program Review: Information and materials

FMP Goals and Objectives Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Spring and summer 2017

The Fisheries Forum supported the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s review of fishery management plan (FMP) goals and objectives for the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan.

Final synthesis document

Inshore Scallop Fishing Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
February 22-23, 2016 • Warwick, RI

The Fisheries Forum worked with the New England Fishery Management Council to explore concerns about inshore scallop fishing pressure, and support open dialogue between managers and participants in the Limited Access and Limited Access General Category fleets.

NEFMC workshop page (includes final agenda and presentations)

FMP Goals and Objectives Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
December 2015

The Fisheries Forum worked with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to revisit the original Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives for summer flounder management and support a council meeting workshop.

Final Synthesis Document

Essential Fish Habitat Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Spring/Summer 2015

The Fisheries Forum developed a report on current approaches to identify Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, and a series of background documents on anthropogenic activities that may affect fish habitat in the Mid-Atlantic region.

MAFMC Habitat page
Final report: Regional use of the HAPC designation

Climate Change and Governance Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
March 19-21, 2014 • Washington, DC

The East Coast Climate Change and Fisheries Governance Workshop convened members of the three east coast fishery management councils, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries to consider the governance implications of climate change.

MAFMC Workshop page (includes agenda and meeting summary)

Risk Policy Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
March 20-21, 2013 • Salem, MA

The New England Risk Policy Workshop provided fishery managers with a platform for discussion and to advance the development of a comprehensive risk policy to determine Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) buffers for New England Fisheries.

Regional Risk Policy Report • Workshop Summary
NEFMC workshop page (archives)

Squid Fishery Management Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
January 15-17, 2013 • Riverhead, NY

The Mid-Atlantic Squid Management Workshop provided fishery managers and squid industry participants with the opportunity to explore whether responsive harvest strategies are feasible and appropriate for optimizing harvest in the longfin and/or Illex squid fisheries.

MAFMC workshop page

Recreational Engagement Focus Group

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
December 2-3, 2011 • Baltimore, MD

The Fisheries Forum worked with the Council to convene a focus group to increase awareness and obtain feedback from the recreational angling community on improving council communications and supporting stakeholder engagement.

MAFMC workshop page (includes agenda and summary)

Data-Poor Management Workshop

Caribbean Fishery Management Council
February 23-34, 2011 • San Juan, PR

The Fisheries Forum supported fishery managers and stakeholders in the U.S. Caribbean in exploring pathways for advancing the management of data-poor stocks.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, and presentations)

Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
March 16-18, 2010 • Williamsburg, VA

The Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop was an educational workshop developed in cooperation with the Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, and presentations)

New England Catch Shares Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
October 20-21, 2009 • Bretton Woods, NH

The New England Catch Shares Workshop was an educational workshop co-sponsored by the Council and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, and presentations)