2018 Forum 2018-09-10T13:27:45+00:00

Learning, evaluation, and planning

2018 Forum • October 15-16, 2018 • Monterey, CA

Join us for our 16th and final Forum!

New! Detailed draft agenda (September)

The Fisheries Forum invites members and staff of the eight regional fishery management councils to join us for a two-day forum to explore the topics of learning, evaluating performance, and planning within the council process.

The forums are a long-running series of meetings that offer fishery managers a venue to discuss challenges, innovations, and success stories, build their leadership skills, and enhance their understanding of fisheries science and policy. The 2018 Forum is open to all currently serving council members and council staff with an interest in building their professional networks and sharing information between management regions. We are able to provide eligible participants with travel support to cover airfare and hotel expenses.

The 2018 Forum will be the 16th forum hosted by the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum. We’re excited to host our final forum and celebrate a decade of supporting and collaborating with the federal fisheries management community. This meeting is funded through support from the regional fishery management councils in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, and by the Walton Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Forum objectives

The purpose of the 2018 Forum is to reflect on opportunities for incorporating learning, evaluation, and planning into the regional fishery management council process.

  • Share examples of regional approaches for setting priorities, engaging in short-term planning, and managing the workloads of council members and staff

  • Examine the role of goals, objectives, and long-term planning in the council process, and consider opportunities for evaluation and reflection

  • Discuss the value of ongoing learning within the council process and identify opportunities to support the professional and leadership development of council members and staff

  • Consider opportunities to continue learning, sharing experience, and strengthening connections within the federal fisheries management community, following the conclusion of the Fisheries Forum program

About the forums

This section includes additional information about the forums and answers to frequently asked questions. Please visit our Forums page to view past forum topics and to access materials including meeting agendas, presentations, videos, and summaries. Please visit Our Work to learn more about the Fisheries Forum’s mission and portfolio of projects and services, and About Us to contact our staff.

What is the purpose of the forums? How are the agendas developed?

The forums help support an effective council process by providing fishery managers with an opportunity to discuss shared challenges, innovations, and successes. In addition, they provide managers with a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from other regions, share their own experiences, and learn about the work of other councils. The forums foster “discussion for the sake of discussion” and provide a venue for fishery managers to explore challenging topics outside of a decision-making context. The topic, objectives, and agenda for each forum are developed with input from the federal fisheries management community.

The forums are first and foremost an opportunity for discussion among colleagues. The Forum agenda includes facilitated small and large group discussions, and a limited number of presentations designed to share regional experiences and encourage discussion.

Who is able to participate in the forums?

The forums are open to all currently serving regional fishery management council members, including voting and non-voting members. We also welcome outgoing council members who are completing their terms this summer, as well as newly appointed council members. The forums are also open to council executive directors and staff.

Additional participants may include invited experts representing NOAA Fisheries, council advisory bodies, the scientific community, and other perspectives. Our capacity is limited. Forums typically include around 40 participants representing most or all of the eight council regions.