The National Fisheries Conservation Center's goal is to foster and support communication that contributes to creative, collaborative solutions to contentious issues. We help resolve contentious problems by providing fishery stakeholders a secure and trusted environment in which to discuss all sides of an issue based on factual and accurate information. We believe that finding creative ways to restore and sustain fisheries requires the involvement of all interests. As part of our broader mission, we are promoting constructive discourse on catch shares. If you have an opinion on catch shares, NFCC is a place for you to engage in open dialogue concerning all aspects of the issue.
National Fisheries Conservation Center: What We Do
The National Fisheries Conservation Center has an appreciation for facts and a passion for accuracy. We aim to be trusted as a resource for unbiased and accurate information on fisheries issues. Our goal is to contribute to informed discussions that lead to the collaborative resolution of common problems by:
• Providing factual, reliable, and objective information that outlines all aspects of the issues, including the full range of perspectives held by fishery interest groups
• Cutting through the rhetoric and misinformation that often polarizes discussions between these groups
ESTABLISH RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
The NFCC's goal is to foster and support communication that contributes to creative, collaborative solutions to contentious issues. Too often, competing interests find it difficult to engage each other in productive discussions. Many times it seems they lack a common language, turning instead to rhetoric, negative reporting, and sharp-edged advocacy, all of which further polarize discourse and aggravate conflict.
We believe that making it easier for differing perspectives and opinions to be investigated in a safe and productive atmosphere will promote collaborative problem solving that will benefit the fishing industry, the communities that support it, and the ecosystems on which they all depend. To accomplish this, we work to engage communication leaders on all sides of major issues to encourage the use of reliable information, identify people’s core values, and promote effective standards of discourse. We focus on how communication strategy, outreach, tone, delivery, and style either contribute to or deter debate on specific issues.
We have adopted the principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as an important foundation for our approach to fisheries issues and conflicts. AI posits that the things people think and talk about, and the stories they choose to tell, indicate the real truth behind what they believe. The AI process relies upon "appreciating the best of what is," "envisioning what might be," "discussing what should be," and "innovating what will be."
EVALUATE, FACILITATE, AND MEDIATE
The NFCC's goal is to help resolve contentious problems by providing fishery stakeholders a safe and trusted environment in which to discuss all sides of an issue based on factual and accurate information. We believe that finding creative ways to restore and sustain fisheries requires the involvement of all interests.
The NFCC provides program evaluation and facilitation services to fishermen, managers, scientists, and conservation advocates on specific fishery problems that lend themselves to mediation, negotiation, and creative problem solving. We bring stakeholders together with respect for all and bias towards none. We are unique in having no vested interest in the outcome other than being committed to a win-win scenario that improves the sustainability of both fishermen and the ecosystems they depend on.