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Combined Science and Management Agenda - Gloucester, MA

Thursday, January 2, 2014

7:00 am - 8:00 am 
Breakfast 
8:00 am - 8:10 am 
Welcome & Overview
8:10 am - 8:30 am
Introductions, charge for the day
8:30 am - 10:00 am 
Concepts in Population Biology by Gary Shepherd, NMFS, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  • Goal:
    • Provide an understanding of the fundamentals of fisheries science and population dynamics; get everyone talking the same language.
  • Key Concepts:
    • Definitions: Growth, Recruitment, Mortality, etc.
    • Population Models
    • Age Structure
    • Reproductive Biology
    • Stock Concepts (unit stock, spawning stock, recruits, stock-recruitment, etc.)

10:00 am - 10:30 am 
Break

  • Dissection of a fish and biological sampling
10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Collecting Information for Assessments by Gary Shepherd, NMFS, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  • Goal: 
    • To understand what information is used in stock assessments and how it is collected.
  • Key Topics:
    • Sampling theory
    • The Trawl Survey Why dont you fish where the fish are?
    • Data sets used in assessments

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oceanography and Ecosystems by Jake Kritzer, Environmental Defense Fund, NEFMC Science and Statistical Committee
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stock Assessments and Modeling by Gary Shepherd, NMFS, Northeast Fishery Science Center
  • Goal: 
    • To gain familiarity with the various models used in stock assessments.
  • Key Topics:
    • Surplus Production
    • Index-based models
    • Virtual Population Analysis (VPA)
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Break
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Science Process by Jake Kritzer, Environmental Defense Fund, NEFMC Science and Statistical Committee
  • Goal: 
    • To understand how stock assessment results are translated to management
  • Key Topics:
    • Biological Reference Points
    • The SARC/SAW process
    • The role of the Councils Science and Statistical Committee
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm 
Daily wrap-up and evaluations with Jackie Odell, moderator
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Super Fish case study: assignments with Libby Etrie and Mary Beth Tooley, MREP Implementation Team
5:30 pm
Reconvene in the Gloucester House cash-bar
6:30 pm 
Dinner

Friday, January 3, 2014

7:00 am - 8:00 am 
Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:10 am 
Charge of the day
8:10 am - 9:30 am 
Federal Fisheries Management / National Standard 1 by Moira Kelly, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office
  • Goal: 
    • To establish an understanding of the legal framework that governs national fishery management planning.
  • Key Topics:
    • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) responsibilities
    • Magnuson Stevens Act /Sustainable Fisheries Act
    • National Standards
    • Other federal legislation
9:30 am - 9:45 am 
Break

9:45 am - 11:30 am
New England Fisheries Management Council Process / Stakeholoder Participation by Patricia Fiorelli, NEFMC

  • Goal: 
    • How fisheries management plans (FMP) are developed by the Council and how to be an effective participant in the process.
  • Key Topics:
    • How the New England Fisheries Management Council works
    • Types of Council actions
    • Committees, Advisory Panels, and Plan Development Teams
    • Advice for effective participation

11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
How the Regulatory Process Works by Moira Kelly, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office

  • Goal: 
    • The federal regulatory review process works and what legal requirements must be met.
  • Key Topics:
    • Black Box review
    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review
    • Implementation of the FMP ineffective or unintended results
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Super Fish Case Study with Libby Etrie and Mary Beth Tooley, MREP Implementation Team
  • Goal: 
    • To gain familiarity with the various stages of management process through a simulated annual specification-setting negotiation exercise.
  • Key Topics:
    • ACL everyone wants a fair share
    • Identifying the player target and bycatch fisheries
    • Accounting for management uncertainty
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm 
Break
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm 
Seeing the Whole Picture by Tom Nies, Executive Director, NE Fishery Management Council
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Wrap-up, evaluations with Jackie Odell, moderator & Libby Etrie and Mary Beth Tooley, MREP Implementation Team