Northeast Cooperative Research Summits
The Northeast Cooperative Research Summits will provide an opportunity for scientists, managers, fishermen, and industry representatives to communicate, coordinate, and prioritize cooperative fisheries research in the northeast region.
Originally planned for May 21st and June 3rd, the New England Cooperative Research Summit has been postponed as part of the national effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are rescheduling the meeting for the winter of 2021. Registration has reopened, and you can register at the link below. If you have already registered, you do not need to do anything.
In response to recommendations made during a series of stakeholder engagement sessions in the fall of 2019, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Branch will host two cooperative research summits in the spring of 2020. One summit will be held in New England (Providence RI) 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, and 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 components of the summits will include, but are not limited to:
- Posters and presentations detailing research projects, industry perspectives, and collaboration opportunities
- Posters and presentations detailing research organizations that participate in cooperative research (government agencies, academic institutions, independent research organizations, etc.)
- Posters and presentations of funding opportunities to support cooperative research projects (S-K, BREP, NFWF, RSA)
- Group and panel discussions of best practices for applying cooperative research results to assessments and management
- Group discussions of cooperative research priorities in the northeast region
Registration closes for both of the summits on March 31.
Summits are currently still scheduled to occur, but if postponed due to COVID-19, we hope to hold them in Winter 2021.
The goals of the Northeast Cooperative Research Summits are:
- Communicate and coordinate cooperative research efforts in the northeast region
- Develop best practices for applying cooperative research results to stock assessments and management
- Develop priorities for near-term science and management challenges that can be addressed by cooperative research
- Open opportunities for new collaborations between fishermen, scientists, and other research partners
If you would like to attend or present at this event, please fill out the registration form.
Fee and Stipend Information
There is no fee to participate in this conference, but registration is required.
To encourage industry participation, a travel and participation stipend of $750 will be provided to the first 20 fishermen to register for each summit (New England and Mid-Atlantic).
New England Cooperative Research Summit
May 21, 2020
Rhode Island School of Design
20 Washington Place
Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Research Summit
June 3, 2020
Hampton Marina Hotel
700 Settlers Landing Road
Call the hotel at 757-727-9700 to book a reservation in the NOAA Fisheries room block. Cut-off date is 5/11/2020.
If your work involves a collaboration between researchers and fishermen, please consider submitting an abstract for either a poster or oral presentation. If you have never been involved in cooperative research, but are interested in learning more and becoming more involved, please consider attending.
The abstract deadline will be announced shortly. See registration & abstract submission instructions below.
Instructions for Oral and Poster Presentations
Note: Preference will be given to fishing industry members who wish to provide an oral presentation/statement or poster related to cooperative research.
Speakers are limited to a total of 10 minutes for their presentations and questions. Powerpoint presentations can be loaded from a USB thumb drive prior to your session to the provided PC and LCD projector. Speakers are encouraged to create presentations that are insightful and understandable by a wide audience and to specifically describe the application of research results.
After the meeting, presentations will be converted to PDF files and made available via this website if presenter approval is received. Presenters are able to opt-out of making their presentation publicly available.
Posters must be no larger than 36" by 48". Posters will be on display during the networking reception from 3:30-5:30 PM and should be set up by 9AM. Poster presenters are encouraged to create posters that are insightful and understandable by a wide audience and to specifically describe the application of research results.
8:30 AM: Welcome & Introductions
9:00 AM - 12 noon: Research & Industry Presentations
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00-2:30 PM: Research & Industry Presentations
2:20-3:30 PM: Group Discussion (Topics TBD, but including feedback on the Summit)
3:30-5:30 PM: Poster Session and Networking
In August and September 2019, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Branch held a series of eight Stakeholder Engagement Sessions from Maine to Virginia to gather input on the successes, challenges, and priorities for cooperative research in the northeast region. A wide range of stakeholders called for enhanced communication, coordination, and application of cooperative research efforts across the regions. These summits are intended to address those requests.
- Cooperative Research in the Northeast Region: Stakeholder Priorities (PDF, 13 pages) - Download File
Definition of Cooperative Research
Cooperative research is the partnering of scientists with the fishing industry, fishermen and other stakeholders to collect fundamental fisheries information and develop new tools to support sustainable fisheries. Cooperative research covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, fishery dependent data, life history studies, conservation gear engineering, species abundance and distribution, habitat studies, and socioeconomic studies. We look forward to learning about, discussing, and scoping cooperative research in the northeast region with you!