NOAA Fisheries Chesapeake Modeling Symposium 2010. May 2010. Designed and facilitated the Chesapeake Modeling Symposium’s Coping With Uncertainty in Modeling session designed as a first step toward improving communication between modelers, biologists, and managers. Through professionally facilitated dialogue, the Symposium Session created an improved understanding of the key issues and challenges, generated honest discussion, and ensured there was a means for continued exchange beyond the Symposium Session. Participants identified key issues and challenges facing modelers, biologists, and managers for communicating effectively across disciplines regarding model uncertainty, identified key issues and challenges, and evaluated a suite of recommendations for addressing identified key challenges.

NOAA Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit. January 2010 – May 2010. Worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries to design, facilitate and report on a national Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit, with participants from all six NOAA regions and the full spectrum of recreational saltwater fisheries representatives. The Summit was designed to achieve the following objectives:

To hear from anglers and the industry and develop a shared understanding of saltwater recreational fishing’s value and the challenges faced;
To identify and create a shared vision for an effective and desired NOAA and Saltwater Fishing Community relationship and for successful saltwater recreational fisheries over the next decade;
To identify potential actions in the context of the vision of success that address the key challenges faced and provide a path forward;
To jointly evaluate, identify and test critical proposed recommendations to address key challenges; and,
To identify, discuss and seek commitment on next steps for implementing the Summit recommendations and ensuring follow-up.

The Summit was conducted on April 16 – 17, 2010, and featured participation from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. The FCRC assisted participants to identify a vision for a successful recreational saltwater fishery, to identify and prioritize key challenges to achieving the successful vision of the fishery, and to identify and rank a range of recommendations/options to address the key challenges.

Project FishSmart. April – November 2008. Project FishSmart was a partnership of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), and facilitators at Florida State University (FSU). The goal of the FishSmart Workgroup was to develop a package of recommendations informed by a model collaboratively developed by the Workgroup and the FishSmart project staff for evaluating Atlantic king mackerel fishery practice and management options and alternatives. The Workgroup recommendations were directed to the Fish Smart project staff and were shared with fishery managers. The project’s ultimate goal was to ensure that the regulation, management and angling practices of the fishery are informed by best available science and shared stakeholder stewardship values, resulting in an enhanced and sustainable Atlantic king mackerel fishery. The Project FishSmart approach to engaging stakeholders in management policy and decisions combined consensus building in facilitated workshops and decision analysis in which stakeholders could compare the consequences of alternative management options on trends in the king mackerel population and the fisheries it supports. The process resulted in a workgroup of stakeholders that developed a clear vision for the futures of king mackerel fisheries and several alternative management options. They used a decision analysis to select the best options that were recommended to the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC). These options were more conservative than the council’s own recommendations. Additional benefits of the process included stakeholder education, both in stock assessment methodology and in an understanding other stakeholder positions, and the development of closer cooperation among stakeholders and managers. Responsibilities included serving as a process consultant to the research team and facilitator for the Workgroup. The Workgroup achieved consensus on recommendations for the Atlantic King Mackerel fishery that were utilized by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council regarding management of the fishery.

FWC/NOAA Fisheries/FWRI Gulf of Mexico Grouper Forum. February 2007. The Fish and Wildlife Commission, NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf Fisheries Council convened a workshop to work with stakeholder regarding the management of the Gulf of Mexico Grouper fishery. The goals were to provide education on the fishery to the public, develop ways to maximize the value of opportunities for public input in fishery management decisions, and to initiate a continuing dialogue to enhance communication on fisheries regulatory issues between fishery management agencies and constituents. The project was well received and members of the public expressed a desire to continue the dialog. Responsibilities included process and agenda design, facilitation of workshop, and conflict resolution and consensus-building.

FWC Lobster Advisory Board. July 2005 – September 2006. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invited representatives of interests in Florida’s Lobster Fishery to serve as members of an ad hoc Florida Lobster Advisory Board (LAB). The advisory board included commercial lobster trappers, commercial lobster divers, recreational lobster fishers, a special recreational license holder, a wholesale dealer, and NGO’s. The goal of the group was to provide comments and guidance to FWC in the form of proposed refinements to the management of Florida’s spiny lobster fishery. After the conclusion of a two year process, the Board adopted a package of consensus recommendations at the September 2007 meeting, and following public workshops delivered their recommendations to the FWC, who is implementing changes to the lobster fishery program through the Commission’s administrative rulemaking process.

FWC Blue Crab Advisory Board. September 2003 – January 2005. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission convened an industry stakeholder group to develop a resource management plan for blue crab fisheries. The Consortium designed and facilitated the sixteen-month process culminating in the unanimous adoption of a consensus management plan for the fishery, implemented through statutory changes and Agency rulemaking.

Florida Ocean Science Workshop. November 2004. DEP and FWC convened 40 ocean scientists, managers and policy makers to explore how to enhance efforts to support the use of science in understanding and managing Florida’s ocean resources. Designed, facilitated and reported on project culminating in consensus on a strategy to ensure that Florida’s coastal ocean resources remain a significant environmental and economic asset in the future, a state supported mechanism should be created enabling researchers and resource managers to establish ocean science priorities, enhance coordination and communication and support the use of science to inform decision making. Responsibilities included process and agenda design, facilitation of workshop, conflict resolution and consensus-building, and summary report and recommendations.

Sturgeon Culture Risk Assessment Project. 1999. Facilitated topical break-out groups.

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