Opportunities for Transparency in the New England Groundfish Fishery

Future of Fish convenes key players to design a more resilient future

On March 18, 2015, Future of Fish hosted a workshop in Boston for stakeholders of the New England groundfish fishery. The purpose was to collaboratively design a more resilient future by exploring how improving the flow and quality of information within the fishery might lead to tangible benefits for fishermen, businesses, managers, and the fishery itself.

Through a series of discussions, collective brainstorms, and hands-on activities, workshop participants collaboratively designed frameworks for five distinct initiatives, including the basics of a plan, an execution strategy, and a core pitch.

Future of Fish also conducted post-workshop research and interviews with participants and experts in the field to identify past, existing, or related initiatives that might dovetail with the ideas from the workshop. This follow-up work also provided insight into the current landscape of both challenge and opportunity. Based on findings from this more in-depth investigation, we outline recommended next steps with respect to each workshop idea.