You’re Invited to a Congressional briefing on Managing Marine Fish Stocks

Potomac Chapter members are invited to a congressional briefing on 19 March 2015.

Congressional Briefing

Marine Fisheries Issues — Challenges Related to Managing Fish Stocks
March 19, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Senate side of Capitol Visitor Center – Room SVC 209-08; East Capitol St NE & First St SE

You are invited to the following briefing, the first of three on marine fisheries issues.
Program
Moderator: Doug Austen, Executive Director, American Fisheries Society
• Stock assessment 101 – Explaining the challenges of measuring the size and health of fish stocks (Liz Brooks, NOAA Fisheries, Woods Hole, MA)
• Managing uncertainty – Understanding environmental risk and change; managing expectations (Eric Schwaab, National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD)
• Ecosystem context – Managing broader geographic, environmental and ecological considerations (Charlotte Hudson, Lenfest Ocean Program, Washington, DC)
• Climate change – Addressing climate as a new challenge to fisheries managers (Jon Hare, NOAA Fisheries, Narragansett, RI)
Briefing #2 in April will cover “Applying Knowledge of Fish Habitat in Fisheries Management.” Briefing #3 in May will address the “Need for Data in Fisheries.” Details to follow.
Audience
House and Senate staff, agency personnel, others interested in marine fisheries management.
Format
This briefing will feature a panel of experts. Following presentations by all four speakers, there will be a moderated discussion with the audience.
RSVP
Pre-registration by noon Monday March 16 is required to ensure prompt clearance through security at the Visitors Center. Email Howard Williams at hwilliams@fisheries.org to confirm attendance. Call Howard Williams at the American Fisheries Society at 301/897-8616 x206 for further information.

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