Recreational Fishing Symposium
Co-Sponsored by
March 24, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI




SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS
Following are the Powerpoint presentations of each speaker in PDF format.

Richard Hittinger
Richard Hittinger
Sumposium Director
Rhichard is 1st Vice President of the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association and also Vice Chairman of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council.
“The theme of the symposium is to grow recreational fish to abundance through ecosystem based management.” said Hittinger. “We need to protect and grow our recreational fishing resource in Rhode Island. According to NOAA it supports 2,000 full time jobs and has a $208-million impact a year on Rhode Island’s economy.”
RISAA


Steve Medeiros
Stephen Medeiros
Symposium Welcome
Steve is President of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association. “We plan to post Symposium presentations on our website along with the input received from participants on ecosystem drivers and challenges in Southern New England," he said. "Our hope is to tap Symposium participants with a survey that will help us prioritize our RISAA action plan to grow fish to abundance using eco-system based management strategies.
Additionally, we hope to explore a pilot project like the Florida initiative Brett Fitzgerald spoke about where recreational anglers record catch and effort on smart phones, tablets and computers, but we have to make sure fish managers here in Rhode Rhode Island and at NOAA will recognize our efforts and be able to utilize the data to supplement their data collection efforts.”
RISAA


David Monti
David Monti
Symposium Facilitator
David is a member of the R.I. Marine Fisheries Council. He is also 2nd Vice President of the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association, and Senior Vice President/Partner at RDW Group, Inc.
RISAA


Janet Coit
Janet Coit
Opening Remarks
Janet is the Director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM). She described the value of recreational fishing in Rhode Island and commented on the importance of ecosystem-management for the future.
RIDEM


Greg Wells
Greg is Senior Associate, U.S. Oceans Environmental Group for Pew Charitable Trusts.
“Ecosystem-based fisheries management is a way to sustain the benefits people get from the ocean by accounting for the interconnections among marine life, humans and the environment.”
Greg Wells


Kevin Friedland
Kevin Friedland, PhD.
Protecting Forage Fish
Dr. Friedland works at the NOAA Fisheries Science Center Lab in Narrgansett, RI. He spoke about the importance of forage fish and its value to species recreational anglers often target compared to its value to a director fishery such as the Atlantic menhaden processing industry.
Kevin Friedland


Jason McNamee
Jason is a Supervising Marine Biologist, RI DEM. He presented a new multi-species statistical catch-at-age model on Atlantic menhaden, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and scup. The study model is one of the first of its type in the northeast that he is working on with Dr. Jeremy Collie at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. McNamee’s model demonstrated the relationship between forage fish and predators. You could see the correlation between the supply of Atlantic menhaden (a primary forage fish in our area) and the abundance of striped bass. McNamee said his presentation “Puts their research in the context of existing work on this species complex (Atlantic menhaden, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and scup) , and presents some of the preliminary results from the modeling framework.”.
Jason McNamee


Jonathan Hare
Dr. Hare is the director of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Center Lab in Narrgansett, RI.
“Climate change and variability have been affecting fisheries for decades and will continue to affect fisheries for decades to come,” said Hare. He pointed to the migration of fish to the northeast such as summer flounder, black sea bass, cobia and a host of others likely due to warming northern waters.
“Climate change can have a negative or positive impact on fishing.” Some species will migrate into the area and others (cold water fish like winter flounder and cod) may migrate out of the area.
Jonathan Hare


David Martins
David is an Aquatic Biologist for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He discussed the data that is being collected today with intercept surveys. “The number of intercept surveys of anglers has been increased to enhance accuracy and MRIP is moving from telephone survey to mail surveys as they have proven to be more effective in a recent studies,” Martins said.
David Martins


Matthew Mullen
Matthew Mullen
Where Anglers Count
Matt is the Northeast Regional Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and spoke about the importance of recording angler catch data.
“For years my friends and I would do a list of fish we caught on our fishing outings. Years later we now use a modified version of the Snook & Gamefish Foundation’s smart phone software to record catch and effort data in the Chesapeake Bay area. It is gratifying that we are now contributing to the fishery by providing accurate catch and effort data to fish managers.”
Matt's description served as an introduction to the presentation of Brett Fitzgerald.
Environmental Defense Fund


Brett Fitzgerald
Brett is the Executive Director of the Snook & Gamefish Foundation in Florida. His presentation described a program were recreational anglers in Florida recorded their catch and effort electronically on “smart phones” to collect supplemental fishing data. “Let’s get the application working,” said Fitzgerald as he hit a few buttons on his smart phone. He pointed into the audience and said, “OK now you’re a striped bass and you’re a bluefish. Let me know when you are caught.” Later in the presentation audience members yelled out “I’m caught.”, and then Fitzgerald recorded their length and at the presentation conclusion Fitzgerald shared the information on the trip.
Fitzgerald said, “The Snook & Gamefish Foundation, with support from biologists, statisticians and anglers, developed the angler survey called the Angler Action Program (AAP) which captured size and general location, along with other data points.” The Foundation supplied fish managers with the supplemental data helping them to make better fisheries management policy and regulation decisions.
Brett Fitzgerald


Russell Dunn
Russell is the National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries, Office of the Assistant Administrator.
“Nationally recreational fishing employs over 381,000 people and generates $58- billion in annual sales impacts plays a major role in our economy,” said Dunn.
In his presentation Dunn presented highlights of the nation’s first Recreational Fishing Policy released this year. “The policy was developed to institutionalize NOAA’s commitment to recreational fishing, to guide the agency’s actions and foster accountability to recreational fishing stakeholders.”
Russell Dunn