Cooperative Research Fosters Regional Partnerships
The future and sustainability of our region’s fisheries depends on collaboration. By cultivating meaningful partnerships to support effective research we can develop more efficient fishing gear, better data, and stronger markets.
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Branch wants to hear from the region’s fisheries stakeholders. Your input is key to creating a strategic, forward-thinking program that builds community and develops effective cooperative research projects.
2021 Cooperative Research Virtual Workshops: Facing the Challenges of COVID-19
The coronavirus has presented many challenges to researchers and fishermen, who often work in close quarters at sea and shore-side. However, some of our cooperative research partners have developed strategies to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and continue their work safely. To share what has been learned, we are hosting two, 90 minute WebEx virtual workshops on February 25 and March 4, 2021. The first webinar will focus on how cooperative research field work was adapted to ensure safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second webinar will focus on how fishermen worked with researchers to independently collect scientific data during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it may be used to bridge data gaps.
2021 Northeast Cooperative Research Summits
We will host two cooperative research summits in late 2021. One summit will be held in New England (Providence, Rhode Island) and the other will be held in the Mid-Atlantic (Virginia). These one-day summits will bring together scientists, managers, fishermen, and industry representatives to:
- Share the approaches and results of cooperative research projects
- Discuss opportunities for enhanced industry participation
- Review funding opportunities
- Develop best practices for applying cooperative research results to assessments and management
The summits are also intended to facilitate regional coordination of cooperative research and development of new partnerships.
The 2019 Engagement Sessions
In the fall of 2019, we hosted a series of stakeholder engagement sessions. They gathered fishermen and research partners together to discuss research ideas and priorities for future projects, and to share past research successes and lessons learned. One priority that emerged from these sessions was a need to facilitate regional coordination of cooperative research and the development of new partnerships.
Engagement Session Discussion Outline:
- The Cooperative Research Approach
- What are some examples of successful cooperative research?
- What makes a cooperative research project successful?
- What are some shortfalls associated with cooperative research?
- How can/should cooperative research be applied?
- Cooperative Research Priorities
- What are cooperative research needs and priorities in the near term?
- What are cooperative research needs and priorities in the long term?
- What types of partners should be engaged?
- What are the expected/desired outcomes?
Engagement Session Outcomes
After our engagement sessions, we summarized the results across sessions and compiled them into a report. The report analyzed stakeholder suggestions on approaches and research priorities. It also explains our plan to pilot annual stakeholder summits in the region to strengthen our ties with partners in cooperative research.
Get the full report here:
Cooperative Research in the Northeast Region: Stakeholder Priorities (PDF, 13 pages) - Download File
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