On May 10th – 11th of 2011, CONCUR facilitated the United States West Coast Swordfish Workshop: Working towards Sustainability

The wide-ranging workshop brought together more than seventy participants with a diverse range of perspectives from commercial fishing, fishery management and ocean conservation, to seafood consumers, suppliers, and restaurateurs. Particular emphasis was placed on the differential impact, particularly bycatch, associated with the United States fleet relative to international fleets. Small group discussions considered the ecological and economic sustainability of the United States West Coast swordfish fishery, potential gear and operational changes, factors affecting demand for United States swordfish, and next steps to carry this conversation forward.