The Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop: February 16-18, 2016 – Videos, Presentations and Ways to Engage
This workshop, held in Portland, OR in 2016, provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share unvarnished opinions about the progress made in the fishery as well as the very significant regulatory and market barriers that persist and prevent the West Coast groundfish trawl industry from recognizing its economic potential.
The 2016 Pacific Groundfish Quota program
Workshop got underway with a keynote addres by Will Stelle, Regional Director for NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region. Mr. Stelle’s remarks were followed by a lively
Q & A session.
This video begins with Dorothy Lowman welcoming attendees and giving a brief overview of the way the workshop came together, and then continues with a session featuring Chuck Tracy, Deputy Director, Pacific Fisheries Management Council; Frank Lockhart, Senior Policy Advisor, WCR Sustainable Fisheries Division; and Erin Steiner, Economist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
An outstanding panel made up of Heather Mann, Executive Director of the Midwater Trawlers Cooperative; James Mize of Premier Pacific Seafoods; Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission; Robert (Bob) Eder, F/V Timmy Boy; Andrew Bornstein of Bornstein Seafoods; and Michelle Norvell, representing the California Groundfish Collective.
The West Coast catch share program has resulted in many cases in higher operating costs and logistical challenges for fishermen, especially as related to 100% observer coverage. Taking up business costs and planning in this panel are Heather Mann, Executive Director of Midwater Trawlers Cooperative; Terry Hillman, Catch Shares Field Supervisor for Alaska Observers, Inc.; and Geoff Bettencourt, fisherman, F/V Moriah Lee.
The West Coast Groundfish Trawl IFQ fishery is leaving too many fish in the water and not fulfilling its economic potential. Discussing the reasons for this
and potential solutions going forward are panelists
Sara Skamser of Foulweather Trawl; Paul Kujala of
Cape Windy Fisheries; Andrew Bornstein of Bornstein Seafoods, Inc.; and Michelle Norvell, advisor to the California Groundfish Collective.Following this panel, workshop participants went into breakouts and were asked to examine two questions:
1. What is needed to support individual fishermen and sectors in accessing the necessary portfolio of quotas? Where is flexibility needed to accomodate variable quota needs?
2. How can we share and build on the lessons learned from gear testing and modifications over the past 5 years with an aim of getting more target species out of the water?
Supply chain perspectives are critical in understanding how to build demand for groundfish and increase their value. In this panel discussion, Mike Okoniewsksi, Fisheries Policy and Management Advisor for Pacific Seafoods; Bob Dooley of J & R Dooley, Inc.; Anthony Jordon of Whole Foods Market and Daisy Berg, a seafood buyer/merchandiser for New Seasons Market, take on those topics.Following this session, workshop participants went into breakouts and were asked to address two questions:
1. How might fishermen and processors work together to generate more revenue and increase market share?
2. What might be done to generate greater demand for groundfish and thus greater value throughout the supply chain?
A faciliated recap of breakout discussions from the three economics-focused workshop sessions.
Tough questions addressed by a panel made up of Suzanne Russell, Social Scientist at the NW Fisheries Science Center; Kevin Dunn, skipper of the F/V Iron Lady; Steve Scheiblauer, Harbormaster for the City of Monterey; and Lisa Damrosch of the Half Moon Bay Commercial Fisheries Trust. Following this session, workshop participants went into breakouts and were asked to address two questions:
1. Looking ahead, what is your vision for the economic and social stability of the groundfish fishery and the coastal communities it supports (e.g., opportunities for new entrants and crew advancement, sustained ports and infrastructure, etc.)
2. What aspects of the management program support this vision? What aspects of the program are not consistent with this vision?
Wrapping up the workshop was a panel made up of Emily Menashes, Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA; Rod Moore, Senior Policy Advisor for the West Coast Seafood Processors Association; and Don McIsaac, Executive Director of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council.