Fisheries Management

Pollock MSC Certification Issues

Filed under: Fisheries Management, Projects 

NFCC completed a shadow evaluation of the Alaska pollock fishery’s performance on the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification criteria to better inform the World Wildlife Fund’s participation in the certification process. The evaluation team included experts in marine ecosystems, stock assessment, and fisheries management. The evaluation summarized the main ecological, scientific, and management issues; scored the fishery on each of the certification criteria; and made specific recommendations about how the fishery could improve its performance

Read the full report here: Pollock Certification Report

Using Decision Analysis in Fisheries

Filed under: Fisheries Management, Projects 

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NFCC conducted two two-day hands-on workshops in the application of decision analysis to fisheries stock assessment and management. The workshops, which combined presentations by experts in decision analysis with problem-solving applications, provided fisheries scientists, managers, and advocates an opportunity to better understand the potential value of this tool, particularly in handling the uncertainty inherent in fisheries.

NMFS Performance Audit

Filed under: Fisheries Management, Projects 

NFCC conducted a confidential audit of the utility and management of NMFS’ decision-making process, with a particular focus on the agency’s ability to comply with legal mandates provided by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). NFCC conducted a large number of confidential interviews with NOAA/NMFS personnel, both at headquarters an in the regions, as well as with representatives of various industry groups and advocacy organizations. NFCC presented its findings and recommendations in an executive briefing at NMFS headquarters that included presentations from high-level managers at other federal agencies that had successfully resolved problems similar to those NMFS was confronting. NFCC then facilitated a series of workshops with staff from the regional fishery management councils to develop implementation plans for the recommendations resulting from the audit.

Identifying Fisheries Research Needs

Filed under: Fisheries Management, Projects 

NFCC supported the Sloan Foundation’s initial planning efforts for a Census of the Fishes, which evolved into the Census of Marine Life, by reviewing a wide range of fishery council stock assessments and planning documents to extract region- and species-specific research and data needs. This information contributed to the Sloan Foundation’s assessment of the needed scope of the Census.

Read the full report here: Sloan Research Needs in Fisheries Final Report

 

NFCC Sponsors Panel at AFS in Anchorage

Filed under: Fisheries Management, Projects 

NFCC organized a symposium at the annual conference of the American Fisheries Society in Anchorage, Alaska in 2005 in which expert panelists shared their experiences and insights about science, fishery management, process planning, public policy, stakeholder participation and monitoring of the effects of marine protected areas.   NFCC targeted the symposium as an opportunity for exchanging information and opinion on a highly visible and sometimes contentious topic.

The half-day symposium brought together perspectives spanning multiple jurisdictions, disciplines and cultures, as well as points of view and approaches that have not always intersected easily in the designation of marine protected areas.  Panelists included diverse presenters from as far away as Alaska and Fiji, state and federal managers, fishermen and marine ecologists (Jim Reynolds, of the Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji Islands; Michele Buckhorn, University of California; Jim Taggert, U.S. Geological Survey, Juneau, Alaska; Brock Bernstein, President of NFCC; Lisa Wooninck, NOAA Fisheries Santa Cruz Lab; Susan Golding, member of California’s MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force; Bill James, California nearshore fisherman, and Loren Wenzel, NOAA MPA Center in Charleston, SC).

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