Second Call for Abstracts

NAAFE Forum 2007

The Forum follows successful prior NAAFE events held in New Orleans, Virginia, and Vancouver, Canada. NAAFE's upcoming forum will be organized by Dr. Juan Carlos Seijo of the Universidad Marista de Merida and will be comprised of 2 1/2 days of conference sessions, March 28-30, plus a one day post-conference tour to the fishing port of San Felipe on the nearby Yucatan coast, Saturday, March 31. An optional pre-conference workshop on Spatial Bioeconomic Analysis of Coastal Fisheries will be offered March 27.

Conference themes include:

-Economics of ecosystem-based fisheries management
-Spatial modeling and management of metapopulations
-Bioeconomics of marine protected areas
-Decision theory and uncertain fisheries environments
-Fisheries governance: high seas, regional fisheries organizations and coastal artisanal fisheries
-Rights-based fisheries: co-management, community-based management and ITQs
-Current fishery management issues: restructuring, and buyback controls
-Valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity
-Valuation of recreational fisheries
-Economic effects of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
-Aquaculture: bioeconomics of aquaculture, productivity, risk, and uncertainty
-Trade, traceability, and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products

The conference website is open at: Please submit your 250 word abstract online, by visiting the website and clicking on "abstract submission".

We invite you to thoroughly examine the website which is extremely well organized and provides lots of useful information provided by Juan Carlos and his excellent team at UMM. The Yucatan peninsula will provide conference participants not only with a host of interesting fisheries issues set in the unique eco- and social systems of the Gulf of Mexico, but also with ample opportunities for tourism before and after the Forum itself. Merida is a beautiful city with much to offer, and social events including a banquet at the nearby Hacienda San Pedro Chimay. Anyone who has had the good fortune to experience this region and Juan Carlos's warm hospitality will enthusiastically attest to the fact that it's one of the most wonderful places in North America.

Please submit your abstract as soon as possible, at the latest by December 8, 2006, to enable the organizers to develop the program in a timely fashion, and to make best use of the submitted materials to develop an excellent program.

We look forward to seeing you in Mexico next March!

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