Adaptive Fisheries Management Workshop

Adaptive Fisheries Management Workshop

February 26, 2017, 1 pm – 5 pm

Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic Connecticut

A workshop hosted by the Southern New England Chapter and Northeast Division of AFS


Presenters and Panellists:
Dr. Steve Cadrin, UMASS Dartmouth School for Marine Science (SMAST)
Dr. Katie Kennedy, The Nature Conservancy
Mr. Fred Mattera, President of the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Workshop Description
The workshop will have two components. The first will be a short series of presentations to introduce the subject of Adaptive Fisheries Management and explain how it is currently being practiced. This material is intended to provide workshop participants with practical knowledge that they will then apply during the second part of the workshop. After the presentations, a current management topic will be introduced. The presenters will walk through the process of how adaptive management was used and how stakeholders were engaged in the process. Participants will then break up into groups to discuss and practice key adaptive management skills, including how to identify management goals, develop a monitoring plan, and “close the loop” of adaptive management. The goal is to encourage participants to adopt a different way of thinking while working through the steps they would take to address a certain management issue. Participants with practical management experience should come prepared to discuss application of learned practices in the context of their own work.

Agenda Sunday, February 26th
12:00 – 1:00 Registration
1:00 – 1:15 Introductions and opening remarks
1:15 – 2:15 Principles and Practice of Adaptive Fisheries Resource Management: presentations by Dr. Katie Kennedy and Dr. Steve Cadrin
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:00 Introduce a scenario: Nantucket Lightship Closed Area: why hasn't it been effective from both a management and stakeholder perspective? Mr. Fred Mattera will offer his insights
3:00 – 4:30 Break into groups to discuss one or more management contexts. Potential topics could include forage fish management, hydropower flow management, and/or how to incorporate potential effects of climate change
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-up, questions, comments, and feedback
6:00 – 9:00 Workshop participants are invited to stay for the Welcome Social!