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!

Student Judges Needed!

If you are registered to attend the Joint SNEC 50/NED conference, please consider furthering your participation and enjoyment– sign up to be a volunteer judge for the Best Student Presentation Awards! The awards for Best Student Presentation will be combined from both divisions this year; we have 18 oral presentations and 13 poster presentations in the competition. We are in need of volunteer judges for both oral and poster presentations, both days of the conference. Volunteers may contact Molly Payne Wynne ( [email protected]207-607-4824) for more information and to sign up by Friday, February 10th.

SNEC 50th – Workshops

There will be two concurrent workshops hosted by SNEC and the NED at the SNEC 50th Meeting.  The Workshops will be held from 1 – 5 on Sunday, February 26th.

Adaptive Fisheries Management

This workshop will focus on: What is adaptive fisheries management? Why is it relevant today? How is it practiced? How to we get stakeholders to buy in? We have three excellent speakers with extensive experience with marine and freshwater fisheries and fisheries management who will lead this workshop.

Dr. Katie Kennedy from the Nature Conservancy will present: Principles and Practice of Adaptive Fisheries Resource Management Topics that will be included in her presentation:

What is adaptive management? What is it not? Why do we need adaptive management? What makes it so hard? Who should play a role in adaptive management?

Dr. Steve Cadrin from the University of Massachusetts SMAST will present: Adaptive Management in Marine Capture Fisheries. He will follow up on Dr. Kennedy’s introduction of the topic. Topics included in his presentation:

Current management practices; Adaptive management; Review of Walters 1986; Management Strategy Evaluations (MSE) and how they are used in different fisheries; What role different stakeholders have in MSEs.

Mr. Fred Mattera has been in the fishing industry for over 40 years and currently serves as the Vice President of the Commercial Fishermen’s Research Foundation. He will present: A Stakeholders’ Perspective. Topics included in his presentation:

Insights on how to get stakeholder buy-in for adaptive fisheries management.


Scientific Communication Workshop

This workshop continues on the communication theme SNEC has been building on over the past few years. Topics included in this workshop will be on Scientific Writing, Scientific Reviewing, and another section focused on Grant Writing.

Dr. Richard McBride from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center will present on Scientific Writing:

This presentation will let you in on a poorly-kept secret: the way scientists should write a scientific paper differs from the way most individuals will read the paper, and neither follows the order of sections appearing in the final print version. Learn how to harness the power that exists in every section, paragraph, sentence, word, and punctuation mark, while making your science shine.

Dr. McBride will also present on Scientific Reviewing:

Can you tell the difference between truth and truthiness? Can you help the editor spot an unnecessary table or an extraneous paragraph? And how do you really feel about the split infinitive (or beginning a sentence with a conjunction, for that matter)? This presentation will outline what to look for when reviewing a manuscript or proposal, and how to provide constructive criticism to an editor, author, or funding review panel.

Dr. Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator, DOI Northeast Climate Science Center and Dr. Syma Ebbin, Research Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant, will give presentations about grant writing, Topics included in this section:

How to look for RFPs (and the different types); Communication with funding point persons; The application writing process; Reporting requirements after you receive the grant; Thoughts from the perspective of application reviewer; How to, and pros and cons of applying for funding with a group of researchers

Student-Professional Lunch

Announcing the Student-Professional Lunch

A student-professional networking opportunity will be available at the SNEC 50th meeting during the lunch break on Monday, February 27th.  Students and professionals are encouraged to participate by checking the Student-Professional lunch box on the online registration form.  Student-professional pairings will be put into email contact one week prior to the meeting and be provided with a list of local dining options to make lunch arrangements for the day of the meeting.  It is a great opportunity to interact with other members of the Southern New England Chapter and the Northeast Division to grow your professional network!  For more information reach out to Lucas Nathan at [email protected].

SNEC turns 50

Guess who’s turning 50?

The Southern New England Chapter!

In celebration we will be holding a two-day meeting in conjunction with the Northeast Division at the Hilton Mystic.  Please save the dates February 26 – 28.  Details to follow soon!


Flatfish Biology Conference

Once again SNEC is proud to sponsor the International Flatfish Biology Conference.  The conference will be held December 6th and 7th at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT.  SNEC made a donation in memory of Grace Klein-MacPhee to promote student participation through reduced registration costs.  For more information on the conference please visit their website.