Scripps Institute of Oceanography
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
La Jolla, California
Sardine Symposium 2000 Agenda
Stock Assessment and Management Workshop: Draft Conclusions and Recommendations, June 7, 2000
Ecosystem Consequences: Draft Conclusions and recommendations, June 7, 2000
A jointly funded and organized workshop and retrospective review, held at Scripps Institute of Oceanographyand the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The objectives of the meeting were:
To draw attention of fisheries management entities (e.g., Pacific Fisheries Management Council) and the public to the importance of increased sardine abundance, and the associated ecosystem changes.
To evaluate the effect of the sardine outburst on key fishery stocks of the California current ecosystem including salmon, hake, pelagic rockfish, marine mammals, birds; as well as the impact of the sardine population on competing zooplanktiverous fish.
To establish a cooperative network for monitoring sardine abundance and age structure throughout its range and thereby provide information needed to sustain present high biomass levels.
To discuss the economic potential of the sardine outburst with ecosystem concerns.
The consensus of the workshop was that an international forum was needed to implement and coordinate coast wide collection of the data for sardine stock assessment, and to exchange information, and keep abreast of trends in the fishery. The forum, called here FISCIE for Forum for International Sardine Collaboration and Information Exchange, should have regularly scheduled annual meetings and be attended by industry, fishery agency and academic scientists from Canada, Mexico and the U.S.