The Council received a summary report on the one-day ecosystem research workshop held on February 7th, in conjunction with the February Council meeting. The workshop was intended to engage 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. Fisheries Forum, who helped facilitate the workshop for the Council, prepared a Summary Report which synthesizes the major themes of workshop discussions. Additionally, they worked with the workshop Steering Committee (which includes representatives of Council and AFSC staff, and Council, AP, and SSC members) to develop a short discussion document to frame the Council’s conversation about next steps.
The Council recognized the success of the Ecosystem Workshop, and is interested in continuing the inclusive and informative dialogue among stakeholders and experts on ecosystem science and other topics within the Council’s fishery management arena. The Council directed staff to prepare a short report on ways to incorporate other such periodic forums into the Council process, and potential topics that could be useful. Staff contact is Diana Evans.