Council Support

Understanding challenges, exploring solutions

The Fisheries Forum supports councils through collaborations that leverage our national perspective and our ability to synthesize information, “ask the right questions,” and facilitate challenging conversations.

We offer a range of products and services to support councils including policy research and analysis, scoping and issue framing, convening and facilitation, writing, networking, and problem solving. As a neutral convener, The Fisheries Forum can provide additional capacity, foster collaboration, and bring together a variety of perspectives and areas of expertise to provide insight into a range of fishery management topics.

Current projects

New England Fishery Management Council Program Review

Stakeholder input opportunities

The New England Fishery Management Council is undergoing an independent review to: (1) assess past performance; (2) gather feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the Council process and operations; and (3) identify potential areas for improvements. Stakeholder input is an important ingredient in the review process. The Fisheries Forum is supporting the Council’s review by gathering input from fishery managers and stakeholders throughout the greater New England region via 14 port meetings, one webinar meeting, an online survey, and one-on-one interviews. The resulting feedback will be provided to the review panel.

Press release  •  Council Program Review website

Past Projects

FMP Goals and Objectives Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Spring and summer 2017

The Fisheries Forum supported the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s review of fishery management plan (FMP) goals and objectives for the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan, following a process similar to the process followed for the summer flounder fishery in 2015 (see below).

Final synthesis document

Inshore Scallop Fishing Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
February 22-23, 2016 • Warwick, RI

The Fisheries Forum worked with the New England Fishery Management Council to explore concerns about inshore scallop fishing pressure, and support open dialogue between managers and participants in the Limited Access and Limited Access General Category fleets.

NEFMC workshop page (includes final agenda and presentations)

Workshop objectives

FMP Goals and Objectives Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
December 2015

The Fisheries Forum worked with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to revisit the original Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives for summer flounder management. This two-step process involved gathering feedback from managers on the structure, content, and use of FMP goals and objectives, and culminated in a council meeting workshop.

Project overview • Final Synthesis Document

Essential Fish Habitat Support

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Spring/Summer 2015

The Fisheries Forum developed a report on current approaches to identify Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) in the U.S., and a series of background documents on anthropogenic activities that may affect fish habitat in the Mid-Atlantic region. This work supported the Council’s Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Habitat Pilot Project.

MAFMC Habitat page (includes introduction, methods, background documents, and Council habitat policies)
Final report: Regional use of the HAPC designation

Climate Change and Governance Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
March 19-21, 2014 • Washington, DC

The East Coast Climate Change and Fisheries Governance Workshop convened members of the three east coast fishery management councils, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries to consider the governance implications of climate change.

MAFMC Workshop page (includes agenda and meeting summary)

Workshop objectives

Risk Policy Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
March 20-21, 2013 • Salem, MA

The New England Risk Policy Workshop provided fishery managers with a platform for discussion and to advance the development of a comprehensive risk policy to determine Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) buffers for New England Fisheries.

Regional Risk Policy Report • Workshop Summary
NEFMC workshop page (archives)

Workshop objectives

Squid Fishery Management Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
January 15-17, 2013 • Riverhead, NY

The Mid-Atlantic Squid Management Workshop provided fishery managers and squid industry participants with the opportunity to explore whether responsive harvest strategies are feasible and appropriate for optimizing harvest in the longfin and/or Illex squid fisheries.

MAFMC workshop page

Workshop objectives

Recreational Engagement Focus Group

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
December 2-3, 2011 • Baltimore, MD

The Fisheries Forum worked with the Council to convene a focus group to increase awareness and obtain feedback from the recreational angling community on improving council communications and supporting stakeholder engagement.

MAFMC workshop page (includes agenda and summary)

Focus group objectives

Data-Poor Management Workshop

Caribbean Fishery Management Council
February 23-34, 2011 • San Juan, PR

This workshop, Exploring Tools for Improving Management of Data-Poor Stocks, provided fishery managers and stakeholders in the U.S. Caribbean with the opportunity to explore pathways for advancing the management of data-poor stocks.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, presentations, and videos)

Workshop objectives

Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
March 16-18, 2010 • Williamsburg, VA

The Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop was an educational workshop developed in cooperation with the Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, presentations, and videos)

Workshop objectives

New England Catch Shares Workshop

New England Fishery Management Council
October 20-21, 2009 • Bretton Woods, NH

The New England Catch Shares Workshop was an educational workshop co-sponsored by the Council and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Workshop resources (includes agenda, summary, presentations, and videos)

Workshop objectives