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First Call for Abstracts and Special Session Proposals
The NAAFE Forum 2015 Organizing Committee, Keith Criddle (University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Fisheries), Quentin Fong ((UAF) Marine Advisory Program (MAP)/Fisheries), Gary Freitag (UAF MAP) and Eric Thunberg (NAAFE President, NOAA), are pleased to issue our first call for abstracts and special session proposals for our eighth Forum (conference) in Ketchikan, Alaska.
The Forum will be held May 20‐22, 2015 (Wednesday to Friday).
Potential themes include:
• ITQs on the 25th Anniversary of Implementation in the US: beyond theory and hyperbole• Aquaculture, ocean ranching, and wild fisheries—conflict or co‐existence on the grounds and in the markets?• Market innovation: peer‐to‐peer, producer cooperatives, coordination, and integration.• Advancing the role and use of economics in fisheries management decision‐making: moving beyond qualitative hand‐wringing towards baseline studies and maintained models.• Evolving roles for marine extension: Fishing for business, working waterfronts, direct marketing and niche market processing, seafood traceability.
Interested in organizing a special session? Please consider making a proposal on any of the ideas below, or other fisheries/aquaculture economics topics of special interest to you.
• Economics and governance of emergent fisheries in the Arctic and Antarctic• Economics and governance of trans-boundary fisheries subject to climate-induced range shifts (e.g., mackerel wars in the northeast Atlantic, red hake and summer flounder in the mid-Atlantic and New England)• Temporal and spatial use conflicts in marine systems: fisheries, aquaculture, navigation, ocean-based energy development, no-go MPAs, etc.• Fisheries and marine debris—the economic costs of debris-related damages to vessels and habitat and derelict fishing gear, regulatory incentives and disincentives to recover and properly dispose of fishing gear) • Effects of climate change on fisheries, fishery dependent communities, fish supplies, and food security• The role of population growth, demographic change, and changes in household income on international demand for seafood• Representing tradeoffs between commercial, sport, subsistence, and non-use values of fish and habitat—what can we analyze in policy relevant time? • How is information about sustainability in fishing management and practices transmitted through the market? • What is the economic value of certification programs, how are benefits and costs of certification distributed along the market chain, and what are their effects on seafood production and the management of fisheries and aquaculture• Communities: how do we maintain fishing communities? What do economists have to bring to this discussion? (This is a potential debate topic.) • Economics of social objectives in fisheries policy--What are the costs and benefits of non-financial objectives? • Barriers to entry for new fishermen, and the perceived “graying” of the fleet: what do economists have to contribute?
The abstract and special session proposal submission system will be open in October, 2014. Until then, we encourage you to develop your abstract or special session topic. Please feel free to contact Keith, Quentin, or Eric to discuss any topic you have in mind.
We hope that one or more special sessions will be developed into a topic-specific set of papers for journal publication, post-conference. In addition we plan to develop online proceedings to include abstracts, presentations and other papers presented at the conference.
NAAFE Forum 2015 will feature both a Best Student Paper contest carried out prior to the Forum, and a Best Student Presentation award at the Forum as well. Please consider participating—or encourage your students to do so!