“Finding Common Ground in Fisheries Management” was a Special Session held at the 31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in San Diego, California. On April 12, 2011, eight panelists of various backgrounds, expertise, and perspectives gathered together in search of pathways to common ground in fisheries bycatch management. Bycatch in fisheries is one of the many threats to sea turtles, and the development of effective management frameworks to reduce fisheries bycatch has been a primary thrust of sea turtle conservationists worldwide. Still elusive, however, is the mechanism by which the primary stakeholders can reach a common, trusting dialogue in their mutual efforts to promote responsible fisheries.

The panel featured Marydele Donnelly (Sea Turtle Conservancy), Pete Dupuy (California commercial fisherman), Mark Helvey (NMFS Southwest Regional Office), Ray Hilborn (University of Washington), Steve Kennelly (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia), Sean Martin (Hawaii Longline Association), Dale Squires (NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center) and Todd Steiner (Turtle Island Restoration Network). The panel was moderated by Stewart Allen (NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center).

This segment is one of two segments recorded during the Special Session. The video was produced by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council under NOAA Award #NA10NMF4410219. For more about the Council, go to wpcouncil.org, email info.wpcouncil@noaa.gov or call (808) 522-8220.

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