Workshop agendas will be posted late summer/early fall.
2019 New England Recreational Fishing Workshops
NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is hosting three workshops to provide an opportunity for stakeholder input on developing potential short- and long-term management approaches for the recreational fishing community. Workshops are scheduled for October 19, 22, and 24.
Through a collaborative process, we will develop potential management approaches for the recreational groundfish fishery that balance the need to prevent overfishing with enabling profitability in the for-hire fleet and worthwhile fishing opportunities for anglers.
- Long-term: Think creatively about how the recreational groundfish fishery could be managed to improve alignment with angler and for-hire captain needs, including how to meaningfully use the new Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) data.
- Short-term: Develop short-term steps for achieving potential long-term management approaches that achieve, but not exceed, recreational catch limits, including Gulf of Maine cod and haddock. See the Recreational Management Measures Toolbox.
- Assess and evaluate available research around: methods for avoidance and reduction of bycatch mortality, calculation methods for dead discards, and release methods. We will also identify gaps for future research.
- Develop methods to regularly engage with captains and anglers throughout the season to get feedback on catch and trends, and develop ideas on how to enhance coordination between NOAA Fisheries, state partners, scientists, and the recreational fishing community.
Information on registration and the agenda will be available here later in the summer. Registration will be free, but please be sure to register early once registration opens because space will be limited.
All stakeholders, including private anglers, for-hire vessel captains and owners, as well as charter boat customers, are encouraged to attend. Stakeholders may request a travel stipend for mileage. Registration is free, though space is limited, so please register in advance through Eventbrite for one of the following workshops:
October 19: Plymouth, Massachusetts
October 22: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
October 24: Narrangansett, Rhode Island
After the Workshops
These workshops will provide an opportunity to brainstorm short- and long-term approaches for possible future recreational fisheries management strategies. The findings of these workshops will be summarized and shared with the New England Fishery Management Council, including its Groundfish Committee and Recreational Advisory Panel. Any recommendations would be considered within the current Council process for developing recreational management measures with input from all groundfish stakeholders and the public.