Marine Reserves’ Presents at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

Photo: ODFW staff present research to members of the public

This month staff from our Ecological Monitoring and Human Dimensions teams presented at the American Fisheries Society annual meeting. The meeting this year focused on the theme of “What Do Fish Mean to Us” – exploring perspectives above and below the water.

The Ecological Monitoring team contributed a talk for the symposium focusing on Growing Fisheries Research and Management Through Angler Engagement.  Our talk entitled “Oregon’s Marine Reserve Monitoring Buoyed by Engagement with Local Fishers” describes several examples of how ecological monitoring has engaged with commercial, charter and recreational fishing communities to inform and support monitoring activities.

Our Human Dimensions staff member was an invited presenter for the symposium focusing on A Fisheries Biologist’s Guide to Using Human Dimensions Data. His talk entitled “An Interdisciplinary Assessment of the Socioeconomic Impact of Marine Reserves in Oregon” describes the types of human dimensions research questions and monitoring and their relevance to a fisheries biologist.  

The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resources. Presenting at this conference enables our program to share the ODFW Marine Reserves experience with other fisheries managers, biologists, professors and social scientists from around the world.

To learn more about the Human Dimensions Research that the marine reserves program has been conducting over the last 10+ years on our website here: