Oceans and Fisheries

Fisheries around the world are under multiple pressures, including harvest, pollution, and climate change. In the United States, commercial fisheries are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Regional Fishery Management Councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, develop the recommended management plans for the individual regions, which are then approved and implemented by NMFS. In addition to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, US fisheries are also subject to the 1996 Sustainable Fisheries Act.

RESOLVE has extensive experience working with fisheries and oceans policy in the United States.

Selected RESOLVE projects

Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council
RESOLVE is currently facilitating the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council strategic planning process. The Council has finished a large stakeholder engagement initiative, and is currently taking the data gathered to inform the development of their strategic plan.

Status and Applications of Acoustic Mitigation and Monitoring Systems for Marine Mammals
In November 2009, RESOLVE facilitated a technical workshop sponsored by the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) on acoustic monitoring technology. The goal of the workshop was to identify, discuss, and better understand the current status of acoustic hardware and software tools for marine mammal monitoring and mitigation as applied to offshore industries, along with some potentially beneficial applications under development. Over 200 individuals attended the conference from a wide range of interests and backgrounds, including industry, federal agencies, state agencies, non-governmental organizations, consultations, academics, students, and technology operators and developers. The workshop proceedings are available here.

Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
RESOLVE provided meeting design, organization, and facilitation for work groups and full sessions of a collection of non-governmental organizations working together to encourage environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Deliberations of these groups resulted in the development of a Common Vision articulating a call to action and including multiple steps by the seafood industry necessary for moving toward a sustainable future. The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solution’s Common Vision is available here.

Atlantic Salmon Hatchery Protocols, Production and Assessment
NOAA, USFWS and the state of Maine agencies were in disagreement over management of Atlantic Salmon hatcheries. The independent review team discovered that these differences were not (as previously thought) matters of scientific opinion, but of governance problems. The parties were able to agree on this perspective, and successfully moved to an adaptive management approach.

Gulf Coast Resources Protection Symposium
RESOLVE was asked by BP to plan and facilitate a March 2006 symposium on the causes of coastal subsidence and wetlands loss in the Gulf of Mexico, their environmental and economic implications, whether the processes can be stopped, and, if so, options for how to do so. The symposium was sponsored by BP and drew about 500 attendees from a range of sectors – environmental NGOs, industry, labor, government, foundations, etc.

New York Ocean and Great Lakes Symposium
RESOLVE assisted the Office of the Governor, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to plan and facilitate a 2005 invitational meeting of about 200 participants to review relevant recommendations from the U.S Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission and identify priority actions that the state should take to strengthen protection and management of New York’s ocean and coastal resources.

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