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.
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.
House and Senate staff, agency personnel, others interested in marine fisheries management.
This briefing will feature a panel of experts. Following presentations by all four speakers, there will be a moderated discussion with the audience.
Pre-registration by noon Monday March 16 is required to ensure prompt clearance through security at the Visitors Center. Email Howard Williams at to confirm attendance. Call Howard Williams at the American Fisheries Society at 301/897-8616 x206 for further information.

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