CONCUR teamed with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Regional Office and Southwest Fisheries Science Center to convene a two-day workshop to explore rights-based management approaches for improving the United States West Coast pelagic species fishery.


CONCUR was retained by the Southwest Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to convene the Coastal Pelagic Species Workshop II: Considerations for Rights-Based Management in the Pacific Sardine Fishery. CONCUR worked side by side with the NMFS to frame organizing issues, craft the agenda, coordinate the venue, facilitate the workshop deliberations, and develop the meeting summary.

This information-sharing workshop was a follow-up to a 2010 workshop (Workshop I) convened on rights-based management (RBM) approaches and the West Coast Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) fishery. The workshop hosted 40 participants including commercial fisherman, seafood processors, tribal fisherman, state and federal fishery managers and scientists, and environmental organization representatives attended the two-day meeting. The workshop was framed as an opportunity for open discussion among stakeholders in the fishery to explore ideas and interests around the RMB approaches from Workshop I, and discuss whether these approaches would enhance the overall sustainability of the fishery.

To read a full summary report from the meeting please click here.