2021 Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Workshops

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Atlantic Cod underwater, photo credit NOAA Fisheries

In 2020, a report by the Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Working Group (ACSSWG) concluded that the population structure of Atlantic Cod in New England waters consists of five distinct biological stocks, instead of the two that are currently managed. This conclusion requires a re-thinking of the current science and management approaches to the fishery. (Download a draft summary of the ACSSWG's peer-reviewed conclusions, here.) 

These 2021 Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Workshops, supported by the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), and NH Sea Grant, present a two-pronged approach developed to incorporate new stock definitions into existing science and management structures. Workshops will focus on (a) Science/Assessment Prospects and (b) Management. Each workshop will feature presentations by technical experts followed by discussions open to the public (outlined below) to ensure complete information is available to best inform the cod stock assessment process.

(A) Science/Assessment Workshops

 

Thank you for joining this series of Atlantic Cod Stock Science/Assessment workshops. 

Please scroll down to view workshop summaries.


Tuesday, June 1, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Southern New England and Georges Bank Stocks

Download June 1 Agenda

Workshop notes and presentations available below.

Monday, June 7, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Western and Eastern Gulf of Maine Stocks

Download June 7 Agenda

Workshop notes and presentations available below.

Friday, June 25, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Assessment Prospects & Data Needs for All Stocks

DOWNLOAD JUNE 25 AGENDA

(B) Management Workshops

 

Register here for Management Workshops

Register to access the 2021 series of Atlantic Cod Stock Management workshops
All workshops will be virtual and hosted via Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join any of the workshop dates (listed below).

The New England Fishery Management Council and Northeast Fisheries Science Center, with contracted support from the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Sea Grant, is hosting two sets of public workshops to gain additional perspectives on science and management issues associated with the new Atlantic cod stock structure.

The results of this Workshop Series will be presented to the Council, providing information that will help in the future development of Atlantic cod management measures.

OBJECTIVES

Based on the new understanding of the biological stock structure of Atlantic cod and outcomes of the Science and Assessment workshops:

1.      Identify potential options for management measures.
2.      Examine the advantages and disadvantages of the options.
3.      Identify socioeconomic impacts that should be evaluated.


 

Thursday, August 12, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Setting the Groundwork

Download August 12 Agenda

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This initial management workshop will overview outcomes from the June Science and Assessment workshops, provide context on the federal management system for cod and share ideas for management tools and approaches to consider in a series of future management workshops.

Tuesday, August 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Gathering Regional Perspectives from Southern New England and Georges Bank East & West

Download August 17 Agenda

Focusing on Southern New England and Georges Bank, this workshop will discuss and define both available and potential management tools that could be used to manage these stocks differently under a new biological stock structure. The discussion will address advantages and disadvantages of those options and provide an opportunity to share what stakeholders feel is viable and practical to consider.

Thursday, August 19, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Gathering Regional Perspectives from Gulf of Maine East & West

Download August 19 Agenda

Focusing on the Gulf of Maine, this workshop will discuss and define both available and potential management tools that could be used to manage these stocks differently under a new biological stock structure. The discussion will address advantages and disadvantages of those options and provide an opportunity to share what stakeholders feel is viable and practical to consider.

Thursday, September 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Focusing on Recreational Fishing Perspectives

Download September 9 Agenda

Future changes to cod management will have an impact on both commercial and recreational fishing interests. This session is directed specifically at soliciting input from the recreational stakeholders to provide an opportunity to increase their engagement in discussions.

Monday, September 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm*

Evaluating Tradeoffs to Adjusting Management Measures

Download September 20 Agenda

*This meeting may go beyond 3pm in order to allow enough time for a full and complete conversation.

The final workshop will integrate the discussions from the management workshop series and explore the highest priority management options.  In  particular, this workshop will focus on  understanding socioeconomic impacts.

While this is not a decision-making forum, it is a final opportunity in the workshop series to look across all potential management options that were suggested and provide feedback on how to evaluate those options. The desired outcome is a better understanding of what information stakeholders feel is important and how to evaluate tradeoffs.


Technical Contact:
Russell Brown
NOAA Federal
russell.brown@noaa.gov

Management Contact:
Jamie Cournane
New England Fishery Management Council
jcournane@nefmc.org
Registration Contact:
Michelle Lemos
NH Sea Grant
michelle.lemos@unh.edu

June 1 Presentations

June 1 Workshop Summary Notes

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Opening & Closing Slides - Laura Singer, Erik Chapman

Quick Review of Cod Stock Structure WG Results - Richard McBride

Stock Assessment Data and Building Blocks - Chris Legault

Stock Area Data Overviews:
SNE, Channel/ Western GB, Eastern GB - Russell Brown

June 7 Presentations

June 7 Workshop Summary Notes

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Opening & Closing Slides - Laura Singer, Erik Chapman

Quick Review of Cod Stock Structure WG Results - Richard McBride

Stock Assessment Data and Building Blocks - Mark Terciero

Stock Area Data Overview – Western GOM & Eastern GOM - Charles Perreti

June 25 Presentations

June 25 Workshop Summary Notes

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Opening & Closing Slides - Laura Singer, Erik Chapman

August 12 Presentations

August 12 Workshop Summary Notes

Download August 12 Summary Notes

Opening & Closing Slides - Laura Singer, Erik Chapman

Brief Overview of Cod Stock Structure Science/Assessment Workshops - Russell Brown

Considering Example Management Approaches - Jamie Cournane

Understanding the Existing Atlantic Cod Management - Jamie Cournane

 

August 17 Presentations

August 19 Presentations

September 9 Presentations

September 20 Presentations


Previous Cod Stock Symposia

 

2019 Symposium.    2018 Symposium


Workshops Supported By:

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