Mark your calendars! The NAAFE 2021 webinar series starts on Tuesday, 20 April! Full details on all of the webinars can be found below.

A few important points:

  • All webinars will be held on Tuesdays, starting 20 April 2021.
  • Individual registration for each webinar will be advertised once they are available.
  • All webinar times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).
  • All webinars are approximately 2 hours long.
  • Become a NAAFE Member to have access to all webinars and recordings*.


* We are hoping to record all webinars for those who cannot attend in real time.


Tuesday, 20 April, 10am PDT

Does COVID-19 offer an opportunity to restructure fisheries markets? (REGISTER NOW!)

Since early 2020, the world has been dealing with an unparalleled pandemic, which has had global health and economic impacts. While assessments have been made of COVID-19 effects on various sectors, the scale of these impacts and expected outcomes on the fisheries sector and communities remain unclear. Stakeholders in the industry, including government regulatory and management agencies, must change their priorities to meet new needs as the crisis extends into the future. It is clear that global health, social and economic systems were unprepared for the complex crises generated by the pandemic. The pandemic’s socioeconomic effects on fishing and fishing populations must be analyzed in order to restructure fishing operations, markets, and policies to help vulnerable sectors. This webinar panel will present and discuss:

  1. The fisheries sector’s initial responses to pandemic “lockdown” conditions as it faced new financial, health and safety, and commercial requirements;
  2. The search for new ways to deal with market impacts of the crisis; and
  3. Actions needed to adapt and find new markets as the pandemic extends further into the future.


1) Cristina Pita on “The impact of COVID-19 on artisanal fisheries markets around the globe”

2) Sebastián Villasante on “Impacts of COVID-19 on the Galician seafood sector”

3) Silvia Salas, Bibiana Ruíz, M. A. Cabrera (CINVESTAV), A. Nuñez (ECOSUR Campeche); J.C.  Hernández (INAPESCA) on “Challenges and opportunities for artisanal fishers in Mexico while facing a mega-contingency”

4) F. Arreguín-Sánchez, A. Hernández, M. O. Albañez-Lucero, I. Álvarez-Ramírez. IPN-CICIMAR on “COVID-19 and small-scale fisheries: from poverty to extreme poverty; and back to the sustainable development opportunities”

5) Ma. Jose Espinosa on ‘The necessary adaptations when dealing with COVID -19: technological opportunities”


Tuesday, 27 April, 10am PDT

Mechanisms to improve the efficiency of recreational fishing (REGISTER NOW!) (hosted by NOAA personnel)

This webinar will focus on efforts to develop and test management approaches that use angler-specific information to create incentives for higher-value harvesting patterns. Currently, most recreational fisheries are managed with uniform policies, applied over a large set of heterogeneous anglers. The economic net benefits from recreational fishing can potentially be improved with more tailored and flexible management approaches. Specifically, we seek policies that can (1) improve economic efficiency in the recreational sector, conditional on current allocations, and (2) create potential pathways for more efficient inter-sector allocation (i.e., between commercial and recreational sectors).


Opening remarks from Joshua Abbott

1) Jorge Holzer on “Using Research Set Aside market design to inform fisheries management”

2) Richard Woodward on “The benefits and challenges in using smartphone apps for recreational fisheries management and valuation

3) Brenna Jungers on “A la carte management of recreational resources: Evidence from the US Gulf of Mexico”

4) Zander Gordan on “Using field experiments to assess alternative mechanisms for allocating fish to the recreational sector”

Discussion Panel: Presenters + Doug Lipton, Dan Lew, Sabrina Lovell, and David Carter


Tuesday, 4 May, 10am PDT

Fishing communities at a crossroads: Can they survive future crises? (REGISTER NOW!) (featuring selected papers from the MRE Special Issue on the Economics of Coastal Communities)

The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic impacts have brought the resiliency of coastal communities into greater focus and highlighted the vulnerability of seafood trade and supply chains to large-scale shocks. In order for coastal communities to be equipped to meet future socio-environmental crises, it is necessary to take a deeper look at how fisheries management, marine spatial planning, labor diversification, labor mobility, and linkages between marine-related industries and alternative economic activities (e.g., aquaculture, shipping, tourism) influence coastal communities’ well-being. This seminar provides a forum for homing in on the challenges faced by coastal communities and opportunities for building resilience.


1) Jesse Backstrom on "The role of race and other determinants of recreation site choice"

2) Mads Wold on "Fishing for growth: The effect of public funding on regional consolidation of property rights in Norwegian fisheries"

3) Kyle Montanio on "The impact of conditional cash transfers on dependence on local fisheries: Evidence from Tanzania"

4) Michael K. Tanner on "Regulating demand for coastal fisheries: Limits to tourism for the conservation of marine resources"

Panelists: Claire Armstrong, Frank Asche, Sunny Jardine, Kailin Kroetz, Matthew Reimer, Nhuong Tran


Tuesday, 11 May, 10am PDT

Should we harvest fish from the Ocean Twilight Zone? (REGISTER NOW!)

Come join us for a discussion on the exploitation of mesopelagic fish, a coveted pool of marine resources, filled with unknowns, uncertainties, opportunities and risks. The Ocean Twilight Zone, a fascinating part of the ocean hosting some of the world's most bizarre-looking and prolific organisms, is key to carbon sequestration and food webs supporting commercially valuable fisheries. The increasing commercial interest for harvesting mesopelagic fish to meeting growing demand for aquaculture feed and nutraceuticals, along with the lack of institutional arrangements to protect high seas resources, highlights the needs for the global community to understand intriguing trade-offs and necessary conditions for sustainable exploitation. With natural-sciences considerations thus far dominating these discussions, we invite you to join us for an interactive 2-hour webinar that draws from lessons learned, past successes and failures that are key to shaping management and governance paths forward.


1) Amanda Schadeberg on “Storylines in the deep sea: Mixed methods discourse/narrative analysis of how the mesopelagic zone is represented in text”

2) Laura G. Elsler and Mary S. Wisz on “Protecting mesopelagic populations through climate governance”

3) Melina Kourantidou and Di Jin on "Mitigating social-ecological uncertainties in support of sustainable mesopelagic fisheries: Insights from bioeconomic approaches”

4) Raúl Prellezo on “Food security, eco-efficiency and mesopelagics.” SUMMER Project.

5) Rolf Groeneveld on “Costs of mesopelagic fisheries: preliminary insights from the MEESO project”

6) Sally Dowd and Porter Hoagland on “Conserving a sea of shadow and substance: Should there be a moratorium on the harvest of twilight zone fish?” 


Tuesday, 18 May, 12pm PDT

Virtual networking for students and early-career professionals (REGISTER NOW!) (hosted by NOAA personnel)

NAAFE, in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, invites current students and recent graduates to a virtual networking event to discuss career opportunities for fisheries economists and social scientists. The event will include short presentations by a panel of professionals as well as a moderated Q&A session to discuss various types of positions, institutions, and fellowship/internship opportunities for those interested in a career in fisheries economics or policy. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists ahead of the event.  Directions on how to submit questions will be provided after registering for the webinar.


1) Anna Birkenbach (Former MRE Fellow, University of Delaware)

2) Russell Dame (Current MRE Fellow, Oregon State University)

3) Peter Edwards (Pew)

4) Cliff Hutt (Former Knauss Fellow, NOAA)

5) Kanae Tokunaga (GMRI)

6) Michael Weir (NAAFE BSP Winner 2019, WHOI)


Tuesday, 25 May, 10am PDT

Best Student Presentation Awards Competition - Week 1 (REGISTER HERE) (accepted abstracts will present their research to compete for the MRE/NAAFE Best Student Presentation Awards)


Tuesday, 25 May (10am-12pm PDT) (REGISTER HERE)

10am: Introductions

10:05am: Mads Wold (Norwegian School of Economics) - The price is right: An empirical analysis of fishing quota valuation

10:20am: Makaella Zitti (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) - Forecasting volatility of salmon spot price: A comparison of GARCH-type models and LSTM

10:35am: Felipe Escalona (UMass Amherst) - To catch a thief: Does monitoring actually deter poachers?

10:50am: Katy Bland (Univ of Washington) - Diversification and participation during a fishery disaster: A case study of the 2015/16 California Dungeness crab fishery closure

11:05am: Brenna Jungers (Arizona State Univ) - “A la carte” management of recreational resources: Evidence from the US Gulf of Mexico

11:20am: Xiurou Wu (UC – Davis) - Spatial-dynamic model of commercial fishermen trip decision-making

11:35am: Sarah Medoff (Univ of Hawaii at Manoa) - Estimating the inverse price elasticity of demand for bigeye tuna


Tuesday, 1 June, 10am PDT

Best Student Presentation Awards Competition - Week 2 (REGISTER HERE)


Tuesday, 1 June (10am-1215pm PDT) (REGISTER HERE) (accepted abstracts will present their research to compete for the MRE/NAAFE Best Student Presentation Awards)

10am: Introductions

10:05am: Sandip Mitra (Bangladesh Agricultural Univ) - Productivity, efficiency and profitability effect of cash tenant aquaculture

10:20am: Björn Bos (Univ of Hamburg) - Fishing under the radar: Illuminating the compliance gap of fishing bans

10:35am: Melissa Krigbaum (Univ of Washington) - Identifying strategic groups & cost profiles of US West Coast sablefish fishing operations

10:50am: Zihao Chen (Univ of Washington) - A dynamic model of a commercial fishery under alternative regulations

11:05am: Mehrnoosh Asadi (Florida International Univ) - Evaluating the economic impact of recreational charter fishing in Florida

11:20am: Abhipsita Das (Auburn) - A welfare analysis of Norway’s export promotion program for whitefish

11:35am: Júlia Benevenuti Soares (Universidade Federal Fluminense) - Impacts of COVID-19 on the value chain of a small-scale fishery system in a tropical metropolitan city

11:50am: Zachary Porreca (West Virginia Univ) - Assessing ocean temperature’s role in fishery production