Invitation to Stakeholder Engagement Day, American Fisheries Society (AFS) 2018 Annual Meeting


Dear Fishing Industry,

We're excited to announce Stakeholder Engagement Day on Tuesday, August 21 as a part of this year's annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Atlantic City, NJ (full meeting runs from August 19-23):  

Meeting website:

Stakeholder Engagement Day is intended to increase the participation of industry stakeholders at the annual meeting to provide the opportunity to learn about the science and management impacting their industries, to stimulate collaborative industry-scientist partnerships, and provide greater opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to events at the meeting.

The schedule has been set so that many topics of greatest interest to industry stakeholders will occur on Stakeholder Engagement Day. There will be numerous presentations and discussion panels on topics related to collaborative research, fisheries management, offshore energy development, stakeholder engagement, resource surveys, electronic monitoring, summer flounder, black sea bass, sturgeon, lobster, Jonah crab, and much more!

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation will be hosting and presenting at three symposiums on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 that go from 9:00am-5pm. They are the following:

-American Lobster and Jonah Crabs: Assessing Biological and Fishery Impacts, and Stock Status in a Rapidly Changing Ecosystem (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 3:00pm)

-Latest Advances in Black Sea Bass Research and Management (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 4:40pm)

-Bringing in the Experts: Collaborative Research Partnerships with Fishing Industry Stakeholders (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 11:20am)

We are excited to share information about CFRF’s Research Fleets and our project results!

Full schedule for the meeting:

List of symposium sessions by day:

A reduced daily registration rate of $50 per person (full price is normally $330) is available for qualifying industry stakeholders who wish to attend on Stakeholder Engagement Day on Tuesday, August 21. Please complete the short application at the link below by August 15 to apply for reduced registration. But, be sure to apply early to guarantee a ticket to the evening networking event with food and a cash bar at the Bass Pro Shops of Atlantic City from 5:00-7:30 PM! Applicants will be notified within two weeks whether or not their application has been approved, at which time they will be provided with additional information related to the meeting. The target audience for this reduced registration, and part of the criteria considered while reviewing applications, includes people who earn their primary living from fishing or aquaculture related businesses, or representatives of related businesses or associations.

Application for reduced registration:

If you have any questions, or would like more information, including opportunities to participate in discussion panels, present about your fishery, or potential sources for additional financial assistance to attend, then please contact one of the members of our Program Sub-Committee on Stakeholder Engagement (names and contact info below).

We're looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlantic City in August!


The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation


Program Sub-Committee on Stakeholder Engagement

Chair – Dr. Douglas Zemeckis (Rutgers University):

Dr. Eleanor Bochenek (Rutgers University):

Bill Duffy (NOAA):

Christopher McGuire (The Nature Conservancy):

Dr. Jason Morson (Rutgers University):

Kenneth Keene (NOAA):

George Maynard (Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance):

Dr. Anna Malek Mercer (Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation):