Learning, evaluation, and planning

2018 Forum • October 15-16, 2018 • Monterey, CA

The purpose of the 2018 Forum was to reflect on opportunities for incorporating learning, evaluation, and planning into the regional fishery management council process. We would like to thank participants for contributing their time, experience, and expertise to make this Forum a success. The 2018 Forum summary will be available this winter.

The 2018 Forum was the 16th and final forum hosted by the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum. We appreciate the opportunity to host our final forum and celebrate a decade of supporting and collaborating with the federal fisheries management community. This meeting was funded through support from the regional fishery management councils in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, and by the Walton Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Forum objectives

  • Share examples of regional approaches for setting priorities, engaging in short-term planning, and managing the workloads of council members and staff

  • Examine the role of goals, objectives, and long-term planning in the council process, and consider opportunities for evaluation and reflection

  • Discuss the value of ongoing learning within the council process and identify opportunities to support the professional and leadership development of council members and staff

  • Consider opportunities to continue learning, sharing experience, and strengthening connections within the federal fisheries management community, following the conclusion of the Fisheries Forum program

Forum resources

Short-term planning: Getting it all done

Please note, PowerPoint was optional for these informal presentations. Please see the 2018 Forum Resource Library for additional examples of the tools and approaches used by councils to support short-term planning and set priorities.

Caribbean Fishery Management Council
Vanessa Ramirez, Appointed Council Member, Caribbean Fishery Management Council

North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Diana Evans, Deputy Director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Evaluation: Stepping back and taking stock

New England Fishery Management Council Program Review
Tom Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council

Pacific Fishery Management Council 5-Year Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program Review
Jim Seger, Staff Officer, Pacific Fishery Management Council

Long-term planning: Looking ahead

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Snapper-Grouper Vision Blueprint
Michelle Duval, Former Designee, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries; Former Chair, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council