"Open" Special Session Descriptions

If you decide to submit your abstract to an open special session, it will be reviewed by the session organizer. If it is not selected for the special session, it will be moved to the general pool for review by the scientific committee and, if accepted, allocated to a regular session.

Gender Economics Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture: new challenges and opportunities organized by Carmen Pedroza (with Meryl Williams, Achini De Silva, Kate Barclay, Arpita Sharma, and Shyam Salim)

Research focusing on gender and fisheries/aquaculture has evolved over time but, to date, this body of research contains few studies on economics and trade analysis. Through this special session, IIFET-2018 aims to bring gender discourse into fisheries economics and trade. The gender session welcomes papers that address how economic research can be applied to address questions on gender in aquaculture and fisheries. To help accelerate progress in this field, the session welcomes conceptual papers on the topic, as well as papers presenting completed projects and those in process.

The Economics of Fisheries Conflict organized by  Michael Harte (with James Watson)

This special session explores the economic antecedents and implications of fisheries conflict at local, regional and international scales. The stakes over fisheries conflict are high. The upside for cooperatively governed local and international fisheries are sustainable and profitable fisheries, healthy marine ecosystem, food security and prosperity for fishing dependent communities. The downside is overfished and collapsed fish stocks, decimated marine ecosystems, the squandering of the natural, financial and social capital needed to meet the food security needs of some nine billion people by 2050, and in some cases, armed conflict.

Different Approaches and Priorities for Modeling Fisher Behavior, organized by Steven Saul (with Alan Haynie, Jorn Schmidt, and Michael Drexler)

This interdisciplinary special session will focus on gathering together fisher behavior modelers, fisheries assessment modelers, and managers to discuss how to best compare and utilize different modeling approaches to represent fisher behavior. Although the role that fisher behavior plays in resource assessment and management is well acknowledged, best practices for representing fisher behavior, and incorporating this information into fisheries management, have yet to be established. Join us for an exchange of ideas on this very important topic.

Tools for Stock Assessment, Economic Fishery Analysis, and Risk Assessment for Sustainable Management Strategies of Data Poor Stocks in Mixed, Small Scale and Indigenous Fisheries organized by J. Rasmus Nielsen

This session puts focus on methods, simulation models and management strategy evaluation (MSE) tools to conduct assessment and evaluate economic efficiency and risks in exploiting data poor stocks caught in mixed, small scale, and indigenous fisheries. Particular focus is on accessibility of models and their development to ensure widespread and open access availability, user-friendly model operation, and efficient widespread adoption and implementation of those by scientists, stakeholders, and managers. Additional focus is on the data requirements for those models. Finally, the aim of the session is to discuss the best possible way to link economic assessments, risk assessment and MSE with biological (ecological) assessment of stock status according to sustainable harvest levels in those data limited situations and systems to provide robust assessment and advice – and maybe even integrated ecological-economic advice?

Modelling Social-Ecological Systems: methods and tools for scenario development and prediction organized by Jan Jaap Poos (with Jörn Schmidt and Olivier Thebaud)

There is a need to develop normative scenarios that consider objectives for the management of ocean uses, and possible pathways for these objectives to be met in the future. This session will focus on advances and key scientific challenges in the formal modeling of marine socioecological systems, and alternative management scenarios. Presentations are invited that focus on methodological dimensions or on applied case studies that address such issues as ecosystem-based management or fisheries restoration. They can also include integrated ecosystem assessments or biodiversity scenarios, such as those which are being developed under the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Barriers to Fisheries Markets and Trade in the Developing World, organized by AyoJesutomi O Abiodun-Solanke (with Stella Williams, Jerry Uwhereka, Kafayat Fakoya, Adeola Eniola Ayano)

Fisheries markets and trade across the world are evolving in a common industrial process that continues to be part of globalization. Global fish trade tend to be lopsided towards the North and importing countries have relatively free and unobstructed market access in developing countries, thus encountering little or no impediments. High import tariffs and some non-tariff measures hinder developing and emerging economies from increasing exports to developed countries. This Special Open Session welcomes presentations with a rich blend of research and analysis on tariff and non-tariff barriers to market access, fish marketing systems including papers that address frameworks for developing eco-labels and certifications from developing and emerging countries.

Northern Fisheries: Adapting to a Changing World, organized by  Linda M Fernandez (with Niels Vestergaard, Melina Kourantidou, and Brooks Kaiser)

The session aims to address, in component parts, the following broad question: What are the ecological shifts in marine productivity and/or economic transformations and management regimes in Northern and Arctic fisheries due to climate change, technological developments and shifts in global consumer preferences? This session will include bio-economic modeling, market supply and demand dynamics with climate change shifts, and other economic, social, ecological modeling or data-driven analysis to incorporate important elements of change in both social and natural systems. Papers that seek to improve private and public decision-makers’ abilities to more cost-effectively manage Northern and Arctic fisheries, including shifting stock distributions, damages, climate, community structure, property rights and legal frameworks are of particular interest.

Game Theory and Fisheries, organized by  Lone Grønbæk (with Gordon Munro, Pedro Pintassilgo, and Marko Lindroos)

We encourage your participation in the special session on “Game Theory and Fisheries” at IIFET 2018 in Seattle. This session is a follow up on the special session at IIFET 2016 and is devoted to the application of game theory to the economics of fisheries management at both the domestic and international levels. The session will focus on game theoretical analysis of fisheries management, including all types of cooperative and non-cooperative games. We invite you to submit an abstract and would be happy to see you for discussions in our session.

Next Generation RFMO Governance: Climate Change, Allocations, and Privatization, oh my! Organized by Megan Bailey

We need to shake up the way we manage shared fish stocks; climate change, catch shares, and privatization are all proving too much for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to keep up with. In this special session, speakers will present on how different RFMOs are or are not rising to the challenge of operationalizing the next generation of RFMO governance. This open session invites speakers from any institution studying any RFMO in theory or in practice to offer insights from their work. The three proposed topic areas here, climate change, allocations, and privatization are but starting points, and we welcome additional contributions on what should be part of the next generation of RFMO governance. Speakers will be asked to prepare a presentation in the style of PechaKucha, whereby 20 slides make up the presentation, and each slide is shown for 20 seconds. Please see the website for more information on this session.

Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture organized by Ralf Doering

What are possible economic effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture production system? How can we assess these effects and help the sectors (fisheries and aquaculture) to adapt to expected changes? In this open session we invite researchers to present their latest research and will also present preliminary results from two European Horizon 2020 research projects.

Sustainable Management of Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture with a Holistic Approach: identify knowledge gaps and concrete frameworks organized by Elisa Ravagnan

The sustainable use of coastal zones and the ecosystem services they provide is dependent on a complex and adaptive knowledge base: the state of the environment, existing and developing anthropogenic activities, economic and cultural local aspects, local climate changes, demographic trends, socio-political contexts, and economic pressures. In addition, pursuing effective and targeted communication as well as active citizen participation is essential to the decision-making process as even the best plans will be unsuccessful without the support of stakeholders. In this special session, we invite contributions which propose how ways to gather the knowledge and concrete frameworks needed to develop holistic approaches toward the management of coastal areas, with special focus on aquaculture and local fisheries. Key topics could include environmental, social and economic sustainability of coastal areas activities, marine spatial planning, and multidisciplinary and holistic approaches to reduce conflicts and increase synergies in coastal activities.

Economics of Marine Protected Species organized by Gisele Magnusson  (with Doug Lipton and Kathryn Bisack)

Marine protected species, including marine mammals, sea turtles, corals, and fish species, pose complex management problems to which economic analysis can provide a variety of useful insights. We invite papers on all aspects of economic analysis related to marine protected species, especially those that address the public benefits of protection, transboundary issues, and management beyond the United States.

Financing, Incentive Structures, & Sustainability organized by Anthony Rogers

The availability of mechanisms that provide financing or otherwise defray costs can create or alter incentive structures that support both positive and negative behavior. For example, funding for investments in new technology may help develop fishing practices that are both more efficient and more ecologically sustainable, while the existence of easily attainable insurance for known IUU vessels can sustain practices that undermine fisheries management. This special session will create a platform to discuss such incentive structures, and how to alter them to stimulate positive change.

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