Pribilof Islands Collaborative

NFCC helped plan and then facilitated the ongoing work of the Pribilof Islands Collaborative (PIC), a cooperative effort that included the representatives from the two islands, major fishing industry sectors (e.g., pollock, crab, longliners), and conservation groups (e.g., The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund). PIC’s goal was to create opportunities to share scientific and technical […]

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Steller Sea Lion Recovery Plan

NFCC facilitated the final two meetings of the Steller Sea Lion Recovery Team, in Homer, AK and Seattle, WA, in 2005. NFCC’s efforts succeeded in helping the Recovery Team complete a consensus draft of an updated recovery plan within the deadline set by NOAA.

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The Use of Marine Reserves in Fisheries Management

Over the past several years, the National Fisheries Conservation Center has worked with the National MPA Center, NOAA Fisheries, the State of California, several conservation groups, and industry representatives on several projects that examined the interface between the creation of protected areas and fisheries management. By applying tools that were little used in fisheries at […]

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Pollock MSC Certification Issues

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 […]

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Using Decision Analysis in Fisheries

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 […]

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NMFS Performance Audit

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 […]

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National Evaluation of Cooperative Data Gathering in Fisheries

NFCC used seven case studies of cooperative data gathering and research efforts, from the Bering Sea to the North Atlantic, to identify key insights useful for improving the design and implementation of such efforts in the future. The case studies included examples of government/industry partnership in gear development, biological surveys, observer programs, and ecological studies.

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Identifying Fisheries Research Needs

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 […]

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