Workshop Information and Frequently Asked Questions
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is holding a one-day Ecosystem Research Workshop on Wednesday, February 7th in conjunction with the Council’s upcoming meeting (February 5-12, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St., Seattle WA). The workshop agenda, schedule, and other materials will be available through the agenda on the Council’s website. You can also listen online.
This workshop is built into the official Council meeting week schedule but is not part of the formally convened Council, Advisory Panel (AP), Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and Ecosystem Committee (EC) sessions. The workshop does not overlap with other scheduled meeting sessions and all Council, SSC, AP, and EC members will be able to attend. The workshop will convene at 8:00 am in the Madison Ballroom and adjourn by 5:30 pm.
What are the goals of the workshop?
The Council is convening this workshop with the goal of engaging the broader Council community, including Council members, scientific and industry advisors, and stakeholders, in a discussion about how the growing body of ecosystem knowledge can be incorporated into the Council process. Specifically, this workshop will:
- Provide all participants with a baseline understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the region’s ecosystems and managed fisheries, and efforts at the regional, national, and international levels to understand, anticipate, and respond to these changes.
- Provide updates on key efforts by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center to provide the Council with information and tools that can support management under changing environmental conditions, and identify opportunities for the Council community to provide input.
- Explore examples of the management challenges associated with changing resource conditions, and the information and tools that can help the Council and its stakeholders understand and respond to these changes.
- Identify potential next steps and opportunities for the Council community to stay informed of and provide input into scientific efforts, and consider how this knowledge can be incorporated into Council processes.
Who will attend? How can the public participate?
The primary audience for this workshop includes members of the Council, SSC, AP, and EC. Stakeholders and the public are also invited to attend and listen to workshop presentations. Smaller discussion groups will not be broadcast. The workshop will prioritize discussion among the Council and its advisory bodies, with opportunities for broader public participation as time allows. Workshop presentations will be broadcast live and PowerPoint presentations and other materials will be posted to the workshop agenda and on the Council website at www.npfmc.org.
How will the workshop be structured? What topics will be covered?
The workshop will include a balance of background presentations, small group breakout sessions, and large group discussions. Presentations will aim to build the Council community’s understanding of current scientific efforts to understand the impacts of climate change, explain how these efforts relate to one another, consider opportunities for input and feedback from the Council community, and support discussion of how this knowledge can contribute to the Council process.
What outcomes or next steps may result from the workshop?
Workshop discussions will aim to identify specific steps that the Council community could take to stay apprised of and provide input into scientific efforts, integrate this information into Council processes, and build capacity to prepare for and respond to change. While no decisions will be made at this workshop, workshop discussions will inform the Council’s consideration and implementation of next steps in the future. A summary of workshop discussions will be provided at the end of the February Council meeting, during the staff tasking session, during which the Council may consider next steps. A workshop summary will be available in late spring 2018.
Who is planning the workshop?
The Ecosystem Research Workshop is a Council initiative. The Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum was enlisted by the Council to plan this workshop in partnership with a Steering Committee that includes Council members and staff, SSC and AP members, and NOAA Fisheries scientists. The Fisheries Forum is a policy-neutral organization based at Duke University. Fisheries Forum staff will facilitate workshop discussions and provide a workshop summary.