West Coast Forum

Co-Management and Cooperative Research

September 4-5, 2014 • Coronado, CA

Final AgendaFinal Report

The purpose of the 2014 West Coast Forum was to explore the roles of co-management and cooperative research in advancing management objectives, and promoting innovation and efficiency through sharing responsibility.

Forum objectives

  • Enhance participants’ understanding of co-management and cooperative research approaches

  • Explore examples of co-management and cooperative research in practice and draw lessons from those experiences

  • Consider the legal authorities, procedural mechanisms, analytical requirements, and tradeoffs associated with co-management arrangements

  • Discuss how cooperative research can be leveraged to support council decision-making

  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of councils, NOAA Fisheries, and stakeholders in engaging in formal and informal partnerships

  • Reflect on the role of leadership and relationship building in supporting innovative management and research arrangements

Day 1 • Thursday, September 4th

Introduction and origins

Cooperative research and co-management

Heather Sagar, Senior Policy Advisor, NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy


Origins of co-management: Northwest Indian Treaty Tribes

Craig Bowhay, Fisheries Policy Analyst, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission


Private-private partnerships in co-management

Bycatch risk pools in Pacific groundfish fisheries

Bob Dooley, Trawl Fisherman, Half Moon Bay, CA


Bycatch avoidance networks in New England and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries

Cate O’Keefe, Research Associate, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology


Public-private partnerships in co-management

Salmon bycatch in the North Pacific pollock fishery

Sally Bibb, Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office


Sector management in the New England groundfish fishery

Tom Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council


Community co-management

The American Samoa community-based fisheries management program

Domingo Ochavillo, Chief Fisheries Biologist, American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources


Lessons from community co-management in the Western Pacific

Arielle Levine, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University


Day 2 • Friday, September 5th

Innovation and proof of concept through exempted fishing permits

Electronic monitoring in the Pacific groundfish ITQ fishery

Dorothy Lowman, Chair, Pacific Fishery Management Council


Halibut bycatch handling in the North Pacific flatfish fishery

John Gauvin, Fisheries Research Projects Director, Alaska Seafood Cooperative



Cooperative research in practice

Cooperative research overview and NOAA’s Cooperative Research Working Group

Suzanne Kohin, NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center


Blueline tilefish exempted fishing permit

Brian Cheuvront, Fishery Economist, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council


The success of industry collaboration in U.S. sea scallop research

Cate O’Keefe, Research Associate, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology