Session 1A: Making a Difference by Working Cooperatively-Management and Scientific Impacts, Panel Summary
With the movement toward ecosystem based management, it will take a community to manage the fisheries. Through cooperative research and management there has been a fusion of three cultures: management, science, and fishing industries. [John Williamson, former member of the New England Fishery Management Council and member of the National Research Council committee on cooperative research]
The initial session of the joint Sea Grant/American Fisheries Society symposium focused on the management and scientific impacts of cooperative research. Ralph Rayburn, associate director and extension program leader for the Texas Sea Grant College Program and member of the secretary of commerce’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, moderated the session. Below are some highlighted comments from the oral presentations of the keynote and panelists, followed by a summary of the facilitated panel-audience discussion. Dr. Jim Balsiger framed the session for the panelists with a keynote address. White papers prepared by the keynote and panelists follow this panel summary.