Building the Future of Fisheries: Designs for Government, Market and Community

On April 3, an international group of scholars will meet at F&ES to discuss the challenges facing fisheries worldwide and strategies to achieve a more sustainable future.

Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles and events posted prior to July 1, 2020 refer to the School's name at that time.

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The past few decades have brought dramatic changes to commercial fisheries worldwide.  Amid ongoing concern about the health of global fishing stocks, fishing communities have confronted challenges from volatile global seafood markets and sharp regulatory shifts. Yet novel institutional arrangements are emerging in turn as a means of shaping the course of fisheries transformation toward positive ecological, economic, and social outcomes. 
On Friday, April 3, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will host a daylong workshop, “Building the Future of Fisheries: Designs for Government, Market, and Community,” which will convene an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars and practitioners whose research analyzes the mechanisms that underlie core dilemmas facing fisheries and fishing communities at present while also identifying pathways for building futures that better reflect more integrative and collective goals.
Panels will explore topics such as the role of private property in the regulation of common resources; the rise of certification regimes and new relationships between fish harvesters and consumers; and novel modes of fisheries co-management. Drawing together case studies from around the world, the workshop will ask whether it is possible to identify the attributes of fisheries systems that minimize adverse consequences on harvesters, consumers, and biological populations, thus representing the most crucial elements for creating more durable and equitable fisheries systems in the future. The workshop will culminate in a roundtable discussion among invited participants.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street. It is free and open to the public.
The event is organized by Karen Hébert, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), and Richard Burroughs, a Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island and Adjunct Professor of Coastal Science and Policy at F&ES.
“This workshop brings together some of the most interesting and important thinkers on fisheries and fishing communities today,” said Hébert. “Their work identifies not merely the challenges facing fisheries at present but how these might be transformed toward more positive futures.” 
Other participants will include:

Graeme Auld | Carleton University, Ottawa
Jeremy Collie | University of Rhode Island
Paul Foley | Memorial University, Newfoundland
Seth Macinko | University of Rhode Island
Bonnie McCay | Rutgers University
Michèle Mesmain | Slow Food International, Slow Fish Campaign
Spencer Montgomery| Slow Food Youth Network, Slow Fish USA, Slow Fish Campaign

Elizabeth Nussbaumer | Food and Water Watch
Jennifer Jacquet | New York University
Jesper Raakjær | Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM), Aalborg University, Denmark
Kevin St. Martin | Rutgers University
Schedule of Events
9:30 am Coffee
10:00 am Panel 1: The Management of Crises and Consequences

Chair: Richard Burroughs
Seth Macinko – Ocean Grabbing: The Real Crisis in the Oceans
Jesper Raakjær – The Social Contract Underpinning Fisheries Policies: Rights to a Privileged Few or Emphasizing Fishing as a Backbone for Coastal Livelihoods?
Elizabeth Nussbaumer – Looming Fisheries Crises: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement and Ocean Acidification

11:00 am — Discussion
11:45 am – Lunch for workshop presenters and attendees served in Bowers
1:00 pm Panel 2: The Promises and Pitfalls of Fisheries Certification

Chair: Graeme Auld
Jeremy Collie – Does Fisheries Eco-Certification Improve Resource Status and Alleviate Fishing Pressure?
Jennifer Jacquet – What’s Preventing Certified Seafood from Being the Best Consumer Choice?
Paul Foley – The Territorialization of Fisheries Eco-Labeling and Certification: Emerging Alliances and Strategies

2:00 pm — Discussion
2:45 pm Coffee break       
3:00 pm Panel 3: The Future of the Fishing Community 

Chair: Karen Hébert
Michèle Mesmain and Spencer Montgomery – The Strategy of the Commons
Kevin St. Martin – Diverse Economies for Livable Worlds: Experiments in Small Scale Fishing
Bonnie McCay – Following Seas: Storm Surges, Temperature Trends, and Fishing Communities

4:00 pm — Discussion
4:45 pm – Coffee break
5:00 pm – Roundtable Discussion with Invited Participants
5:45 pm – Wine and Cheese Reception