At the end of this week, my year as a Knauss Fellow will be over. For the fellowship, I worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries).
In this post, I wanted to focus on sharing some of the opportunities available to me as a fellow. I am including an assortment of links covering a range of topics, as there may be materials that are of interest to some of you. This post focuses on work I contributed to through my office and some of the events that I was able to attend. In an upcoming post, I will include links to some additional events, reports, etc. that you might find useful.
In terms of my role in the Office of Policy, here are some of the activities I was involved in:
- Organized 3 breakout sessions for a national workshop to further evaluation and regional implementation of electronic technologies for fishery-dependent data collection
- Helped develop, revise, and incorporate comments into a new NOAA Fisheries guidance document and national policy on electronic monitoring and reporting
- Served as rapporteur and drafted proceedings for a session on fishery sustainability at Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3, a national conference resulting in 128 findings applicable to fishery and ecosystem policy, regulation, and Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization
- Maintain a portfolio of policies, spanning multiple NOAA Fisheries offices. NOAA Fisheries’ policies and procedures can be accessed from the Policy Directive System page.
- Assisted in drafting, editing, and reviewing Congressional testimony
- Provided secretariat support to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters) and the NOAA Fisheries Leadership Council
Outside of my role at NOAA Fisheries, there were many other opportunities I was able to take part in or attend. (Note to future fellows: attend as many events as possible!) I am still amazed at the array of events in DC that are open to the public, if you just have (or make) the time.
Senate and House Hearings on Fisheries Management
During the fellowship year, I attended two hearings in the U.S. Senate and one in the House of Representatives.
- First, I attended a House Natural Resource Committee hearing focused on reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. (Note to those interested in attending House hearings: my experience was that you should arrive early to get a seat.)
- The first Senate hearing I attended was one of several hearings the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee, part of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, is holding to hear regional views on reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The hearing focused on views from New England and the Mid-Atlantic. ***Of particular note for West Coast readers, this Thursday, January 30th, there will be a hearing focusing on views from the West Coast and Western Pacific.***
- The second Senate hearing I attended focused on “The Role of Certification in Rewarding Sustainable Fishing”.
Senate and House hearings are typically streamed and, after the hearings, webcasts are made available. Additionally, written testimony from panelists is posted the day of the hearing.
Shortly after I started my fellowship, the Council Coordination Committee (CCC) met in Silver Spring and I was able to sit in on quite a bit of the two-day meeting. The CCC is made up of top leadership from each of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils. Attending their meeting was a great way to be exposed to some of the similarities and differences in the issues facing each of the regions.
Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, focuses on high priority ocean and coastal issues. The CHOW website includes videos and presentations from the 2013 event.
Among the speakers at this event were U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and, of particular note to Oregon State readers, Mark Abbott and George Waldbusser served on a panel focused on ocean acidification. The website for the event includes videos.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. As I mentioned, more links will be coming…