Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiatives: Climate and Communities Initiative

2017 Activities

In March 2017 the Council initially scoped a potential Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiative to take up in the coming years and requested the Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to report back in September 2017 with more information to choose between a combined initiative on the socio-economic effects of fisheries management practices on fishing communities (A.2.7) and on human recruitment to the fisheries (A.2.6), and an initiative on the effects of near-term climate shift and long-term climate change on our fish, fisheries, and fishing communities (A.2.8).  The EWG presented a report in September that identified specific objectives of the initiatives, inventoried available information, and proposed a timeline for completing either or both initiatives.  Based on this scoping the Council decided to begin work on the Climate Shift Initiative with an emphasis on the wellbeing of dependent fishing communities.

2018 Activities

In 2018, the following activities are planned or have taken place:

  • Quick Link to the Recorded Webinars and Presentations in the 2018 Webinar Series on Ecosystem Climate and Communities (materials uploaded upon conclusion of each webinar)
  • A March 2018 EWG report describing major Council decision types that may benefit from increased ecosystem science input.
  • A workshop sponsored by The Nature Conservancy to further the objectives of this initiative, and provide information in support of a climate initiative, which will likely occur in Spring 2018.

At its September 2018 meeting, the Council will consider the input from these activities, its advisory bodies, and the public to narrow and focus the goals of this initiative, including the subject matter of future Council-sponsored workshops proposed by the EWG.

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