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NOAA Fisheries at Maine Fishermen's Forum

Please join us for a series of discussions with NOAA Fisheries staff during various seminars and workshops at the Maine Fishermen's Forum on February 28-March 2, 2013 in Rockland, Maine.

Friday, March 1, 2013

9:00 am in the Rockland Room at the Samoset Resort

Gear Conflicts: How to Avoid Them and What To Do If They Happen

NOAA Office of Law Enforcement invites you to join a discussion of methods to mitigate gear conflicts. Gear conflicts are difficult for all parties involved, but open communication and an understanding between fisheries can help. Representatives from our Office of Law Enforcement, the United States Coast Guard, the fishing industry and local states will discuss how to avoid gear conflicts, and what to do if and when they occur. We also hope participants will share their experiences and strategies for reducing conflicts. 

Host: Hank Soule, Sustainable Harvest Sector 

Moderator: Chris Schoppmeyer

Panel: Scott Adams, National Marine Fisheries Service
Bonnie Spinazzola, Offshore Lobstermen’s Assn.
Lt. Jon Cornish, Maine Marine Patrol
Lt. Dale Sprowl, Maine Marine Patrol

 

9:00 am in the Monhegan Room at the Samoset Resort

Prioritizing Fishery Performance Measures

In 2009 the Social Sciences Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center began developing a set of indicators to measure the economic and social performance of Northeast fisheries. This process was informed by input from fisheries management councils, regional academics, fisheries leaders and participants, and by fieldwork conducted in New England fishing areas to incorporate vessel owner and crew perspectives. Indicators identified provide information about trends related to the financial viability of the fleets; the distribution of information about trends related to the financial viability of the fleets; the distribution of landings and revenues; the stewardship of the resource; the effectiveness of resource governance; and the well-being of fishing communities and households.  In this session, we will provide an update on progress we are making to measure fisheries performance, including new data collection efforts to fill gaps in the information needed to produce the identified indicators.  The new data collection efforts are a survey of annual fishing business expenses, and socio-economic surveys of vessel owners and crew.  Preliminary cost survey results from some 450 completed surveys for expenses in 2011 will be presented.  We will also engage with session participants to help us further prioritize the performance measures we should be tracking to understand whether a fishery is performing "successfully" from the viewpoint of its participants.

Host (Forum Director): Mary Beth Tooley 

Moderator: Dr. Matthew McPherson, chief, Social Sciences Branch, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Panel: Dr. Tammy Murphy, economist, Social Sciences Branch, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

 

10:30 am in Rockland Room at the Samoset Resort

Listening Session with  NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Administrator, John Bullard and Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Bill Karp 

We hope to hear from a diversity of view points (fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, seafood dealers and processors, aquaculturists) about the challenges you are facing, and about your vision for success.

Host & Moderator: Maggie Raymond, Associated Fisheries of Maine

Panel: John Bullard, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service
Dr. William Karp, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

 

1:00 pm Rockland Room, Samoset Resort

Maine Fishermen's Forum: Our Changing Ocean – What Factors May Be Inhibiting Groundfish Recovery?

Despite two decades of extraordinary restrictions on fishing effort, many groundfish stocks in the Northeast have failed to respond. This session will explore factors that may be impeding the rebuilding of groundfish including increased water temperature and inflated populations of lobster, dogfish, and seals.


Host: Maggie Raymond, Associated Fisheries of Maine
Moderator: Dr. William Karp, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Panel: Dr. Michael Fogarty, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Captain Gerry Cushman,
Dr. Graham Sherwood, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Captain Michael Russo
Dr. James Sulikowski, Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ. of New England
Dr. Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Betty Lentell, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Assn. Consultant

 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

9:00 am in the Upstairs Fitness Center Room, Samoset Resort

Alewife Harvesters of Maine Annual Meeting

During this meeting, there will be several panel presentations including a presentation by Tara Trinko-Lake from NOAA Fisheries Protected Resources Division who will  provide an update on the NOAA Alewife Endangered Species Listing (ESA).
Host: Mary Beth Tooley, Small Pelagic Group / O’Hara Corp.
Moderator: Jeffrey Pierce, Alewife Harvesters of Maine
Panel: Ed Courtney, Warren
Cheryl Weeks, Jefferson
Nate Gray, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources
Jamie Cournane, University of New Hampshire
Claire Enterline, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources
Tara Trinko-Lake, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Theo Willis, University of Southern Maine