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The Challenge of Change:
Managing for Sustainability of Oceanic Top Predator Species

A National Science Foundation (NSF) – Community Building Workshop
Marine Science Institute – University of California, Santa Barbara
April 12-14, 2007

Agenda and Proposed Speakers
draft Feb 28 2007

To develop a research community that is able to address the many sources of change and uncertainty affecting the ability of international management organizations to sustainably manage the exploitation of marine top predator species.

DAY 1 April 12:
Theme: Coupling biophysical and socioeconomic understandings of change.

8:00 – 8:30
Introduction and Welcome

Keynote Talks:

8:30 – 9:15
Fishery Management Institutions and the Challenge of Change
Robin Allen

9:15 – 10:00
Electronic Tagging of Bluefin Tuna: Improving Management with Spatial and Temporal Movement Data
Andreas Walli

10:00 – 10:30: BREAK

Overview Panels:
Interactions between climate and other types of change affecting Oceanic Top Predators and their exploitation

10:30 – 11:30
Changes in industry, trade, markets and technology: impacts on fisheries exploitation
Moderator / Discussion Leader: Kathleen Miller

Panel Participants:

  1. Makoto Peter Miyake
  2. M. Patrice Guillotreau

11:30 – 12:30
Changes in values, ecosystem concerns, NGO participation, management objectives and enforcement
Moderator / Discussion Leader: Peter Jacques

Panel Participants:

  1. Elizabeth DeSombre
  2. Kristina Gjerde
  3. Alison Rieser

12:30 – 1:30: LUNCH

Continuation of Overview Panels:

1:30 – 2:30
RFM regimes – comparisons of structure and function
Moderator / Discussion Leader: D.G. Webster

Panel Participants:

  1. Brian Macdonald
  2. Sun Kwon Soh
  3. Hiromoto Watanabe

2:30 – 3:30
Innovations in Institutions
Moderator / Discussion Leader: Gail Osherenko

Panel Participants:

  1. Frank Alcock
  2. Jon Van Dyke
  3. D.G. Webster

3:30 – 4:00: BREAK

Keynote Talk:

4:00 – 5:00
The Challenge of Multiple, Interacting Changes -- Oran Young

5:00 – 5:15

5:15 – 8:00
Evening Reception/Dinner and Poster Session


Day 2 April 13:
Theme: How do we study these issues?

8:30- 10:00
Plenary Panel session on methods and models:
Integrating biophysical and socioeconomic models – How can the models and their integration provide insight on management in the context of change and uncertainty?

Moderator / Discussion Leader: John Sibert

Panel Participants:

  1. John Kennedy
  2. Bob McKelvey
  3. George Watters

10:00 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 12:00
Plenary Panel session on organization of multi-disciplinary research
How can we make sure that we are working with the same concepts?

Moderator / Discussion Leader: Dale Squires

Panel Participants:

  1. Ray Hilborn
  2. Michael Orbach

12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH

Breakout Groups:
Multidisciplinary discussion sessions focused on the science questions surrounding each type of change and their interactions

1:00 – 2:00
Understanding Relationships and Lines of Causality – The “How Does ...” Questions

How does each type of change affect:

  • The articulation and achievement of interests
  • The certainty and reliability of scientific advice
  • The effectiveness and resilience of management
  • The magnitude of human impacts

2:00 – 2:30 BREAK

2:30 – 3:30
Breakout Groups on Policy Implications (Reshuffle participants)
Overarching question: How do we ensure that fish stocks are managed sustainably?

Organization: 3 groups, each focused on a question that addresses one aspect of the overarching question – The “How do we ...” Questions

How do we:

  • structure institutions so that the scientific information will be better incorporated into the policy process?
  • deal with conflicts over values and allocation and deal with fairness and equity?
  • increase compliance, e.g. end IUU fishing and enhance enforcement?

3:30 – 5:00
Reports from Breakout Groups and Discussion


Day 3 April 14

8:30 – 9:15
Keynote talk:

Research in Support of Stewardship: the view from the trenches. -- Rebecca Lent

9:15 – 9:30
Charge to Discussion Groups -
Kathleen Miller

9:30 -- 9:45: BREAK

9:45 – 11:00
Breakout Groups:

Structured discussion of research needs/potential collaborations

Ask the groups to:
a) design a research program to address the relevant issue in light of the effects of multiple, interacting sources of change; and

b) develop a communication plan to translate the research insights into policy guidance that would help to make management more responsive and resilient to climatic and other sources of change.

11:00 – 12:00
Reports from Breakout Groups and Closing Discussion.

12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH AND FAREWELL