Collaborations and Special Projects 2018-07-24T19:08:58+00:00

Collaborations and special projects

Adding value within our community

The Fisheries Forum supports opportunities for dialogue and information sharing within and across regions. We possess in-depth knowledge of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and federal management context, as well as familiarity with regional fisheries, management approaches, and challenges. As a neutral convener we can work across regions, roles, and responsibilities to share regional approaches and “lessons learned,” support effective communication and working relationships, and explore shared questions and challenges.

We work with councils, NOAA Fisheries, and other institutional and stakeholder groups. The Fisheries Forum has contributed facilitation support, project and event management, and substantive expertise to the following projects.

Past Projects

Essential Fish Habitat

National Essential Fish Habitat Summit
May 17-19, 2016 • Annapolis, MD

The National Essential Fish Habitat Summit convened NOAA Fisheries and council habitat experts to explore opportunities and successful approaches for the effective implementation of EFH authorities. The EFH Summit was sponsored by the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and the Office of Science & Technology. The Fisheries Forum coordinated the EFH Summit planning process and facilitated meeting discussions.

EFH Summit page (includes agenda and presentations)

Terms of reference

Quota Program Performance

Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop
February 16-18, 2016 • Portland, OR

The Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop, also known as Santa Rosa 3, convened industry members, fishery managers, and others to discuss the current state of the fishery and explore potential improvements to the program in advance of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s 5-year IFQ program review. Workshop sponsors included industry organizations, NOAA Fisheries, and Environmental Defense Fund. The Fisheries Forum facilitated meeting discussions and prepared the meeting summary.

West Coast Trawlers’ network (presentation and panel videos)
Summary of Workshop Themes (agenda included as appendix)

Workshop objectives

Strategic Science Plan

Northeast Fisheries Science Center Strategic Science Plan
Fall/Winter 2014-2015

The Fisheries Forum worked with Makers, Inc. to support stakeholder and staff engagement in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s development of the 2016-2021 Strategic Science Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to help NEFSC align staff and resources to address the region’s critical priorities. The Fisheries Forum’s role included leading interviews with partners and stakeholders, regional stakeholder workshops, and working sessions with science center staff.

NEFSC 2016-2021 Strategic Science Plan

Operational Guidelines and Best Practices

Operational Guidelines and Best Practices Workshop
August 19-21, 2014 • Seattle, WA

The National Operational Guidelines and Best Practices Workshop convened NOAA Fisheries and council staff to inform the development of revised Operational Guidelines, and explore council processes, best practices, challenges, and solutions across management regions. Workshop objectives were developed by the Council Coordination Committee. The Fisheries Forum assisted with the design and facilitation of workshop discussions.

NOAA Fisheries Operational Guidelines page (includes final Operational Guidelines and Regional Operating Agreements)

Workshop objectives

Electronic Monitoring

National Electronic Monitoring Workshop
January 8-9, 2014 • Seattle, WA

The National Electronic Monitoring Workshop convened managers, experts, and stakeholders from across the country to advance the implementation of electronic monitoring technology for federally managed fisheries. The Fisheries Forum provided planning support and facilitated workshop breakout sessions.

Workshop resources (includes overview, videos, and final report)
Visit for electronic monitoring information and resources

Workshop objectives

Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3
May 7-9, 2013 • Washington, DC

The Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 (MONF3) conference was convened by the eight regional fishery management councils, and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The conference convened council, NOAA Fisheries, and other experts to address issues relevant to Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization. The Fisheries Forum organized and facilitated Session 2: Advancing Ecosystem-Based Decision Making, which included three topics: ecosystem effects and adapting to climate change, forage fish management, and integrating habitat considerations.

MONF 3 Conference site (includes agenda and proceedings)