Tuesday, August 21 is Stakeholder Engagement Day, which will allow fishing and aquaculture industry stakeholders to attend the meeting. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and issues impacting their industries, and discuss collaborative opportunities with scientists and fishery managers.

Some of the topics and species that will be covered include: collaborative research, politics in fisheries management, stakeholder engagement, offshore energy development, resource surveys, electronic monitoring, summer flounder, black sea bass, sturgeon, lobster, and Jonah crab.

Also, join us for a joint scientist-industry networking event during the evening at Bass Pro Shops sponsored in part by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB), The Nature Conservancy, Garmin, Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc., Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The American Fisheries Society is offering fishing and aquaculture industry stakeholders the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting on Stakeholder Engagement Day for a participation fee of $50. To apply for the special rate, please complete the following application by August 15: https://goo.gl/forms/F6uHHN8VmoouIq6I2. Applicants will be notified within two weeks if their request has been approved. Upon which time, additional information will also be provided.

Some fisheries groups and other organizations have generously offered to support stakeholder engagement with funding to encourage industry participation, and seafood to serve at the networking event. Please reach out to our sub-committee if your organization could make even a modest contribution towards the success of industry stakeholder participation at the meeting.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, including opportunities to participate in discussion panels, present about your fishery, or potential sources for additional financial assistance to attend, then please contact one of the members of our Program Sub-Committee on Stakeholder Engagement:

Chair – Dr. Douglas Zemeckis (Rutgers University): zemeckis@njaes.rutgers.edu | 732-349-1152
Dr. Eleanor Bochenek (Rutgers University): eboch@hsrl.rutgers.edu
Bill Duffy (NOAA): william.duffy@noaa.gov
Christopher McGuire (The Nature Conservancy): cmcguire@tnc.org
Dr. Jason Morson (Rutgers University): jmorson@hsrl.rutgers.edu
Kenneth Keene (NOAA): kenneth.keene@noaa.gov
George Maynard (CCCFA): george@capecodfishermen.org
Dr. Anna Malek Mercer (CFRF): amalek@cfrfoundation.org
Dr. Catherine O’Keefe (MADMF): catherine.o’keefe@state.ma.us