NAAFE Forum 2017

NAAFE's ninth Forum will be held in La Paz, southern Baja California, Mexico.

NAAFE Forum 2015

NAAFE Forum 2015 was held at University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan, Alaska, May 20-22, 2015. Forum organizers were Keith Criddle, Quentin Fong and Gary Freitag. Forum sponsors included the University of Alaska (Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and Southeast, in Ketchikan), Alaska Sea Grant, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, North Pacific Research Board, Northern Economics, Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center, and the Rasmuson Foundation.

138 people from 11 countries, of whom 26 were students, attended the 2.5 day Forum. Regular sessions were held on the following topics:

-Bycatch and Discards
-Climate Change
-Ecosystem Based Management
-Ecosystem Services
-Fishing and Communities
-Markets and Trade
-Recreational Fisheries
-Rights Based Management
-Small Scale Fisheries -Lagniappe (Miscellaneous Topics)

Special, pre-organized sessions were held on the following topics (organizers listed in parentheses):

-The Impact of Catch Shares on Fishing Income Diversification and Fleet Diversity org (Dan Holland)
-The Economics of Recreational Fishing Sectors in U.S. Fisheries: Allocation, Demand, Supply, and Impacts (Joshua K. Abbott)
-Fisheries' Shoreside Support - the Forgotten Sector (Ayeisha Brinson et al.)
-MSC, FPIs, and Everything in Between: Assessment of the Evolving Markets for Certification and Sustainable Seafood (Hiro Uchida et al)
-Re-Thinking Niche Markets for Seafood: Challenges and Opportunities for "Local" Seafood (Gina Louise Shamshak)
-Protected Resource Economics: Key Challenges for Incorporation in an Ecosystem Based Management Approach (Kathryn Bisack, Kristy Wallmo, Gisele Magnusson)
-Emerging Technologies in Fisheries Economic Data Collection (Barbara Rountree)

The NAAFE 2015 Keynote Address, A Preliminary Approach to Formalization of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management using the NS1 Paradigm, was given by Lee G. Anderson, IIFET Fellow and Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor Emeritus, School of Marine Science and Policy, College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment, University of Delaware. The address is being edited for presentation in the journal Marine Resource Economics.

The NAAFE Best Student Paper award was given by selection committee chair Hiro Uchida to Yutaro Sakai, for his paper Subsidies, Fisheries Management, and Stock Depletion. Yutaro is a graduate student at the University of Calgary; his major professor is Dan Gordon.

NAAFE continued the tradition established by Sherry Larkin and Chuck Adams at NAAFE 2013 Florida, of awarding the Best Student Presentation at the Forum. This prize was supported by Marine Resource Economics (MRE), with a check provided by Chris Anderson. The winner was Amanda Faig for The Economic Cost of Ignoring Fishery Induced Evolution. Amanda is a graduate student at University of California, Davis; her major professor is Jim Wilen. The NAAFE Board expressed strong support for this prize, which aims to encourage excellence in communication of economic analysis of fisheries and aquaculture, and announced plans to make it permanent by establishing a policy within our governing documents.

Organizer Quentin Fong offered several informal tours to nearby locations at lunchtimes including the Trident Seafoods, a Dock Walk, and Oceans Alaska, and a post conference visit to the Southern Southeast Aquaculture Association Whitman Lake Hatchery on Friday afternoon.

The Forum started off on the right foot with a lovely scenic tour and welcome reception on a boat cruising the waters around Ketchikan. Old friends and new enjoyed wildlife viewing, noshing on local seafood snacks, and meeting old friends and new. The conference Banquet was held Thursday evening at the Best Western Landing Hotel, where delicious food and beverages were served, and the location of NAAFE's 2017 Forum was announced. Participants were delighted to learn that their next opportunity to meet in North America would be in La Paz, Southern Baja California, Mexico, in March or May (to be determined), 2017.

At the closing session, NAAFE President Eric Thunberg introduced the NAAFE Board members who will serve for the next two years, including:

President Gil Sylvia (Oregon State University, USA) (term 2013-2017)
President-elect Sherry Larkin (University of Florida, USA) (term 2015-2019)
Alvaro Hernandez (Universidad Marista de Merida, Mexico) (term 2013-2017)
Barbara Best (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) (term 2015-2019)
Alan Haynie (NOAA, USA) (term 2015-2019)

Many thanks were expressed by incoming President Gil Sylvia to retiring President Eric Thunberg and Board member Diane Dupont.

Photos of the event have been posted on the NAAFE Facebook page.

Ann Shriver, NAAFE's Executive Director, with assistance from Melissa Errend (former graduate student extraordinaire) is setting up online proceedings which will be housed in the OSU Scholars' Archive. Participants will soon receive email from Melissa requesting permission to post their presentation online, and invited to submit full papers if desired. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers to peer reviewed journals, if appropriate, and to inform us of eventual citations, which can be added to the online proceedings. We hope to post abstracts, presentations, and papers in the Archive through August and have the eventual product available in September-October of 2015.

NAAFE Forum 2013

NAAFE's seventh Forum was held in St. Petersburg Florida, May 21-24, 2013.

The main conference theme was "Marine Resource Management under Increasing Complexities and Uncertainties"

NAAFE Forum 2011

NAAFE's sixth Forum was held at the East West Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Hawaii, May 11-13th, 2011. Two one-day pre-Forum activities (a field trip on aquaculture activities, and a workshop on economic performance indicators) were held on May 10th.

156 participants from 11 countries participated in the 2 day conference, organized by Dr. Minling Pan of NOAA Fisheries Hawaii. Dr. PingSun Leung of the University of Hawaii and NAAFE President Dr. Dan Huppert of the University of Washington chaired the scientific committee and organized the excellent program of 150 oral presentations in one plenary and 34 concurrent sessions.

The main conference theme was "The Economics of Conflict and Co-existence in an Increasingly Crowded Ocean". Special sessions addressed:

-Evaluating Tradeoffs in Marine Ecosystem-Based Management
-Ecology and Economics - The economics of Salmon Habitat Provision
-Use of Scanner Data for Seafood Market Analysis
-Large Scale Bioeconomics - Big Picture Fishery Analysis using Global and Spatial Datasets
-An Introduction to Modeling Participation and Location Choice Decisions in Fisheries
-Teaching Fish Economics

Regular session topics included:

-New Developments in Allocating TACs: IQs, Co-ops and Catch Shares
-Bio-economic Implications of Growing Climate Uncertainty
-Economics of Fish Stock Management
-Economic Indicators/Efficiency/Measurement
-Economics of Ecosystem-Based Management
-Seafood Markets
-Fishery and Aquaculture Sector Development
-Economics of Managing Bycatch and Habitat Damage from Fisheries
-Recreational Fisheries
-Opportunities and Problems in Fishery Spatial Planning
-Opportunities for Improved Management of Fisheries
-Fisheries Governance and Compliance
-Economic Impacts of Hazard and Major Disasters on Fisheries

NAAFE President Dan Huppert gave a plenary Presidential address entitled Integrating Ecology, Economics and Institutions in Fishery Management, which is available here.

A keynote address entitled Aquaculture, Fisheries and the Environment was given by Dr. Frank Asche, University of Stavanger, Norway. The Powerpoint of this presentation is available here.

Selected, peer reviewed proceedings of the Forum will be published as a special issue of the MRE journal in 2012.

For further information contact Executive Director Ann Shriver.

The conference received financial support from US NOAA Fisheries, JIMAR, and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

NAAFE Forum 2009

NAAFE's fifth biennial Forum welcomed a record number of academics, government representatives, industry members, and others with interests in the economics of fisheries management, aquaculture and seafood trade.

The conference organizers were Jon Sutinen and Jim Anderson of the University of Rhode Island's Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Department. A Presidential Address entitled "Reflections of a Recovering fisheries Economist" was given by Dr. Lee G. Anderson, and a keynote address entitled "A Fisheries Management Authority" was given by Francis T. Christy, Jr

Click here to read Dr. Christy's address PDF version

A record number of 172 individuals from 16 countries participated in this, our fifth biennial Forum. 125 presentations were made in 28 sessions covering a wide variety of topics, including:

-Fisheries Management and Regulatory Programs, including ITQs, Catch Shares, Property Rights Regimes, Bycatch Management, Climate Change Issues, and other topics
-Economic Analysis of Recreational Fisheries
-Fleet Dynamics
-Seafood Markets and Sustainability
-Bioeconomic Modeling
-Rent Drain
-Key Questions on the Road to a WTO Agreement (fisheries subsidies)
-Measuring Productivity and Efficiency in Fisheries
-Seafood Markets
-Ocean Fish Populations and the Global Economy
-Measurement and Use of Stated Preference Values of Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Aquatic Species
-Aquaculture Economics

Selected papers will appear as proceedings in the journal Marine Resource Economics.

In conjunction with the Forum, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) organized a 2 day workshop attended by 68 participants, entitled "The Economics of Stock Rebuilding Programs" organized by Anthony Cox. All workshop presentations are available online at,3343,en_2649_33901_42090552_1_1_1_37401,00.html. Papers from the workshop will be compiled into a printed proceedings volume for publication later in 2009. For further information on the OECD Workshop, please contact Saba Khwaja.

NAAFE Forum 2007

The Role of Economics in Mitigating Unsustainability of Fisheries: Dealing with Ecosystems, Environmental Fluctuations, Governance and Trade

The forum followed successful prior NAAFE events held in New Orleans, Virginia, and Vancouver, Canada. NAAFE's 2007 forum was organized by Dr. Juan Carlos Seijo of the Universidad Marista de Merida and was 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 was offered March 27.

2007 Forum Photos: PowerPoint Slideshow OR PDF File

Conference themes

-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

NAAFE Forum 2005:

Fisheries Benefits to All Generations: The Role of Economics

The third biennial NAAFE Forum in 2005 was held at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 25-27, 2005. Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila headed the organizing effort in collaboration with NAAFE President Jon G. Sutinen and other NAAFE Board members.

NAAFE Forum 2005 Proceedings are available.

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking paper "The Fishery: the Objectives of Sole Ownership", Dr. Anthony Scott received an award from the North American Association of Fisheries Economists. Dr. Gordon Munro introduced the award with the following tribute: PDF version.

Forum Debate Ensuring Fisheries Benefits to All Generations

Summary Article on Forum for Fisheries Centre Newsletter

NAAFE Forum 2003

Title of 2003 Conference: Conference: Catch, Culture, Commerce, and Conservation

Our second international conference, NAAFE Forum 2003, was held May 4-7, 2003, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference was organized by Jim Kirkley and Tom Murray of the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Some 60 participants witnessed a variety of presentations on fishery management and seafood trade topics.

For a complete list of presentations, view the detailed Conference Program.

NAAFE Forum 2001

Our first international conference, NAAFE Forum 2001, was held April 1-4, 2001, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was organized by Gunnar Knapp (University of Alaska) and Walter Keithly (Louisiana State University). Over 90 participants witnessed some 75 presentations. Informal notes are available describing some conference sessions.

Proceedings of the 2001 NAAFE Forum contain the complete program, abstracts of all presentations, and papers which were submitted for inclusion. Proceedings will be distributed free of charge to Forum participants, and are also available for purchase. Take a look at the table of contents (in .pdf format).

To order a copy, please download the NAAFE 2001 Forum Proceedings Order Form and airmail or fax to the NAAFE Business Office.

Proceedings addendum:

We apologize for our failure to include the following paper in the printed proceedings. Click here to view Vessel Efficiency in the Northwest Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery by John Walden, Steve Edwards and Jim Kirkley, in .pdf format.