Learning, Evaluation and Planning Resources

2018 Forum • October 15-16, 2018 • Monterey, CA

Final Agenda • 2018 Forum Main Page

This resource library provides links to additional information about the topics and regional examples we will discuss at the Forum, including:

  • Prioritization, short-term planning, and workload management
  • Use of goals, objectives and other forms of guidance
  • Evaluation, reflection and review
  • Learning, mentorship and leadership
  • Long-term and strategic planning
  • Council history and institutional knowledge
  • Emerging challenges
  • Learning, sharing experience and building connections between regions

This library is a work in progress! We welcome your suggestions for additional materials you think are valuable to share with your colleagues.

Short-term planning: Getting it all done

  • Session objective: Share regional approaches for setting priorities, managing tradeoffs, engaging in short-term workload planning, and using council and staff time efficiently.

Regional planning approaches and tools

Each of the eight regional fishery management councils has developed its own process and tools to support short-term workload planning. This section includes links to recent publicly available council workload planning documents, and may be updated with additional suggestions from Forum participants.

New England


  • Council Actions (Amendments and frameworks currently under development, and recently completed Council actions)
  • October Executive Director’s Report: includes
    • 2018 Planned Council Meeting Topics
    • Status of Council Actions Under Development
    • Timeline and Status of Recent MAFMC Actions and Amendments/Frameworks Under Review

South Atlantic

Gulf of Mexico

North Pacific


Evaluation: Stepping back and taking stock

  • Session objective: Explore regional examples of evaluation within the council process, and the role of evaluation and reflection in supporting the performance of council programs and operations.

New England Fishery Management Council
Program Review

The NEFMC Program Review was initiated in 2017 and culminated in a Council Program Review Meeting, March 13-16, 2018.

Start here! The NEFMC Program Review library provides links to all Program Review materials including an overview of the purpose and process of the review, and the composition of the review panel. Additional highlights:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program 5-Year Review

The PFMC’s 5-year review process was initiated in 2016 and completed in 2017.

Start here! The PFMC Groundfish 5-Year Review library provides links to materials in support of the Council’s Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program and Intersector Allocation reviews, including an overview and timeline of the review calendar, composition of the Community Advisory Board, public hearing summaries, and supporting documents. Additional highlights:

Long-term planning: Looking ahead

  • Session objective: Share examples of approaches councils have taken to articulate values and aspirations, establish long-term goals, and support their implementation.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Visioning Project and Strategic Plan

MAFMC initiated its strategic planning process in 2010, beginning with a comprehensive Visioning Project to gather ideas and input from stakeholders. The Council approved its first 2014-2018 Strategic Plan in 2013, and is currently working on the next iteration of a strategic plan to guide the Council’s management activities from 2020-2024.

Start here! The MAFMC Strategic Plan page describes the Council’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic goals, and provides links to Council documents in support of the Visioning Project and current strategic plan. Highlights:

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Snapper-Grouper Vision Blueprint

Beginning in 2012, SAFMC initiated a Visioning process to develop a shared vision for management of the snapper-grouper fishery. The Council conducted a series of Council workshops and public meetings, and in 2015 adopted the 2016-2020 Vision Blueprint for the snapper-grouper fishery.

Start here! The SAFMC Visioning Project library provides an overview of the Visioning Project and includes links to the final Vision Blueprint, summaries of public input, and briefing materials from Council Visioning Workshops. Highlights: