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Subject: Call for papers: Assessment and Management of New and Developing Fisheries ...
From: Peter Hagen <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:51:22 -0800

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For more information see
 Submission deadline is February 14, 2003

Call for Papers:

 Assessment and Management of  New and Developed Fisheries in
 Data-Limited Situations

 21st Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium
 Anchorage, Alaska, USA
 October 2225, 2003

 Contact: Sherri Pristash, [log in to unmask]

 Symposium Background

 Expanding worldwide demand for seafood products is not limited to fishery
 resources with rich histories of stock assessment and fishery research. As
 most  of the world's large marine fisheries targets are fully exploited or
 overfished, new  fisheries are being developed on marine species whose biology,
 productivity, and  ecological relationships are little known.

 For example, in North America during the 1980s and 1990s, new fisheries
 rapidly emerged to supply Asian markets with live and fresh seafood such as
 sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and live rockfish, among many others. The high
 value of  these products and the desire to create fishing alternatives for fishers
 displaced  from overcapitalized traditional fisheries contributed to a near "gold
 rush" of  fisheries development despite data limitations and many uncertainties
 in some  cases. Many tropical regions of the world have long histories of fisheries
 with limited data owing to practical constraints associated with small local
 economies  and high fish species diversity.

 Data-limited situations create challenges for fishery managers responding to
 societal demands to develop new fisheries while striving for precaution under the
 Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. This has led to new applications of
 decades-old simple production models, spawned the development of new
 assessment techniques with meager data requirements, and led to creative fishery
 management schemes, including adaptive approaches, risk-averse methods such
 as establishment of no-fishing refugia, co-management to share responsibilities
 among vested parties, and rights-based management systems.

What is the track record of fishery management in data-limited situations? Which
 methods have worked, and which ones have failed? What is precautionary when
 uncertainty is high? Can past results be generalized in terms of explicit advice to
 fishery managers who confront similar situations in the future?

 Symposium Goal

 The goal of this symposium is to bring together scientists, fishery managers, and
 policy makers to synthesize historical track records, share recent advances, and
discuss future avenues for the management of newly developing and small-scale
 fisheries under data-limited situations.

This call for papers seeks contributions dealing with fisheries in data-limited
situations especially in, but not limited to, the following areas:

*Development and application of procedures to assess abundance and
      productivity of stocks with little a priori information
*Practical indicators of stock health from limited sampling programs
*Use of traditional knowledge to aid in development of emerging fisheries
* Methods to involve the fishing industry in data collection
* Management strategies that are risk averse to high levels of uncertainty
* Phased approaches that link precaution and knowledge during the
      evolution of a fishery
* Case studies of fishery successes and failures under alternative strategies
* Contrasts of developing fisheries policies in different jurisdictions
* Fishery economics and funding of research and management of emerging

Abstract Submission

To contribute either an oral or poster presentation, submit an abstract no later
 than February 14, 2003.   Use the online submission form at:
If you cannot access the form, submit the required information via email to
 [log in to unmask]   If you cannot submit electronically, submit hard copy and
computer disk to:
                                Symposium Coordinator
                                University of Alaska Sea Grant
                                PO Box 755040
                                Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040 USA

                                Voice: 907-474-6701; Fax: 907-474-6285

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