Ongoing Support Program

The Fisheries Forum also offers various products and services including periodic Innovations Reports, policy papers, regional workshops and access to faculty and experts that can provide advice that is tailored to the needs of fishery managers. As a neutral convener, the Fisheries Forum can bring together a variety of expertise and perspective to provide insight on a fishery management topic.

As such, the Forum does not advocate for specific management approaches or solutions. Instead, we act as a conduit for information to connecting fishery managers with the research, analysis and experts they need to bolster their knowledge base, ask the relevant questions and make informed decisions. Our products and services can include:

  • Regional Workshops;
  • Research & Analysis;
  • Expert Referrals; and
  • Innovation Reports

Materials and information from past workshops

New England Risk Policy Workshop: The New England Fishery Management Council in cooperation with the Fisheries Forum hosted a workshop on risk policy focused on providing a structured platform for disucssions between the New England Council, Council Staff, Scientific and Statistical Committee, Northest Fisheries Science Center, and the Northeast Regional Office.  

Mid-Atlantic Squid Management Workshop: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, with support from the Fisheries Forum, convened a workshop to consider whether responsive harvest strategies are feasible and appropriate for optimizing harvest in the longfin and/or Illex squid fisheries. 

Mid-Atlantic Focus Group: Engaging the Recreational Community in the Council Management Process: The Fisheries Forum supported the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council in hosting a focus group to increase awareness and elicit input into the Council's Visioning Process, and obtain feedback from the recreational angling community on improving council communications and supporting stakeholder engagement.

Caribbean Workshop: Exploring tools for improving management of data-poor stocks: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council, in collaboration with the Fisheries Forum, hosted an education workshop in manage data poor stocks in February 2011.

Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council in cooperation with Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) hosted an educational workshop in March 2010 on catch shares.

New England Catch Shares Workshop: The New England Fisheries Management Council and the Fisheries Forum, in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, co-sponsored a workshop on catch shares in October 2009.