Monster Seminar JAM - An Ecologist's Perspective on the Progress of Ecosystem-Based Management by the Fishery Management Councils
Dr. Selina Heppell, Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University
The move towards ecosystem-based fishery management in the U.S. is necessarily an evolving process, and some Fishery Management Councils have made more progress than others. Science and Statistical Committees (SSCs) that advise the Councils must determine how to rigorously evaluate tools and data that contribute to new management strategies, but are often also asked to define ecosystem-based management and its goals and objectives. This may blur the line between science and policy advice. The Pacific Fisheries Management Councils SSC is developing terms of reference for evaluation of ecosystem-based analyses. Fresh from the National SSC meeting in Virginia, I will provide my prospective on how different SSCs are approaching the issue of ecosystem considerations in assessment science and evaluation of ecosystem models and their use in management.
Date and Time:
December 15, 2011,
10:30 am - 1:00 pm