Session 1B: Making a Difference by Working Cooperatively-Social, Cultural, and Economic Impacts, Panel Summary
Troy W. Hartley
Cooperative research can lead to the development of common terms of reference, broadening both parties thinking about resource functions. New understandings emerge when communication is good, interaction is direct, and both parties recognize…a shared definition of an existing problem. [Linda Behnken, executive director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association]
The first session of the joint Sea Grant/American Fisheries Society symposium focused on the impacts of cooperative fisheries research and management. Troy Hartley with the University of New Hampshire and the Northeast Consortium moderated the panel on social, cultural, and economic impacts. Below are some speaker highlights, followed by a summary of the facilitated panel-audience discussion. White papers prepared by the keynote and panelists follow this panel summary.
Keynote speaker Pat White, lobsterman, CEO of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, and former Pew Oceans Commissioner, launched the panel’s discussion with what he has seen as the significant impacts of cooperative research and comanagement.