Upcoming Events

" Marine Spatial Planning and Commercial Fisheries

Artwork Courtesy Matthew Smith
Fisheries Roundtable
May 16, 2012
6:00 to 8:00pm
Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Avenue, Hampton NH

The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) was formed in 2005 by New England’ s Governors to implement solutions to New England’s coastal and ocean management issues. NROC includes the New England states and federal agency partners, such as the US Coast Guard, Department of the Interior, NOAA, and others.  NROC is just gearing up for a multi-year effort to enhance data and science related to human activities and natural resources in New England’s marine waters. This work, an important first phase in the region’s ocean planning effort, includes working with commercial fishermen to use existing information and data to characterize commercial fishing in marine waters. NROC is similarly gearing up projects to work with the maritime commerce (ports and shipping), recreational boating, and energy industries to provide information (spatial and otherwise) related to those human uses.

Objective:  This Roundtable will provide an opportunity for the fishing community and the public to provide feedback to help shape these projects. For example, NROC is working with existing data to help characterize spatial patterns of activity related to commercial fishing. This, and other aspects of the NROC work plan [http://collaborate.csc.noaa.gov/nroc/planning/work-plan/default.aspx], will be discussed at this Roundtable.

  Invited Speakers:
o   Steve Couture, NH Department of Environmental Services
o   George LaPointe, ME Department of Marine Resources
o   Matt Magnusson, University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Author of “Health of NH Seafood Harvesting Industry: Annual Report for 2010”
o   Josh Weirsma, Manager, NH Groundfish Sectors XI and XII

Questions? Contact Erik Chapman - 603.862.1935, erik.chapman@unh.edu