Our May 23-24 workshop was a fantastic success!
With about 25 attendees, including eight researchers visiting from institutions around the U.S. and the world, we had two days packed with stimulating discussion and networking. There are some very exciting initiatives going on in this research field now, and it was fascinating to learn more about them and to discuss how AFRN can contribute to moving the field forward.
We laid the foundations for a standardized, interdisciplinary protocol for rapid assessment of artisanal fisheries that would be accessible to researchers in various fields. The idea is that this would provide a “snapshot” of a given fishing community, and that researchers using this simple protocol could contribute to a larger database of comparable data.
We are now finalizing a working draft of this protocol, to be used in the field over the next year. Additionally, our team is working on three papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
Many thanks to our attendees, the Waitt Foundation, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for providing the venue!