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Science and Governance for Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing Ocean

The NAAFE Forum in Woods Hole
May 23–26, 2023


Please plan to join us and your colleagues from all over North America (and the world) for NAAFE Forum 2023: Science and Governance for Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing Ocean, to take place in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, May 23-26, 2023. The NAAFE Forum 2023 is being hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in collaboration with the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). We look forward to meeting you in Woods Hole.

Keynote Speaker
Scott Barrett
Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics
School of International and Public Affairs & Earth Institute
Columbia University

Additional information on abstract submission, conference registration and housing and logistics will be added over time. If you would like to reach out to the conference organizers, please email

Nobska Lighthouse, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Dates to remember

Important Deadlines
Special Session submission beginsOctober 3, 2022
Deadline for Special Session submissionNovember 14, 2022
Abstract submission beginsDecember 9, 2022
Deadline for abstract submissionJanuary 17, 2023
Response to abstract authors participating Best Student Paper contestJanuary 27, 2023
Registration beginsFebruary 7, 2023
Response to all abstract authorsFebruary 10, 2023
Submission of full papers for NAAFE Best Student Paper contestFebruary 24, 2023
Review Committee decision on Best Student PapersMarch 30, 2023
Registration deadline for presenters of accepted papersApril 15, 2023
Deadline for online registration for all participantsApril 29, 2023


Book of Abstracts is now available!


Abstract submission for NAAFE 2023 Forum is closed.

Student participants may be considered for the NAAFE Best Student Paper Award and NAAFE Best Student Presentation Award.

Special Session submission for NAAFE 2023 Forum is closed.

Major topics include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Bioeconomic models
  • Ecosystem services/non-market valuation
  • Ecosystem-based management/climate change
  • Equity and environmental justice
  • Fisheries management
  • Fishing communities
  • Gender dimensions of fisheries and aquaculture
  • Integrating social science in climate and ocean system models
  • Transboundary and migratory fisheries
  • Marine spatial planning/wind energy
  • Markets & trade
  • Performance measures/efficiency
  • Recreational fisheries
  • Rights-based fishery management
  • Science, diplomacy, and governance
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Seafood and nutrition
Rachel Carson Monument in Woods Hole

All submissions will be carefully reviewed by the NAAFE 2023 Scientific Committee, and final selections will be made in consultation with the NAAFE Board. The Organizing Committee plans to include 3-4 Special Sessions in the NAAFE 2023 program.

Organizing Committees

Local Organizing Committee

  • Kathryn Bisack, NOAA NEFSC Social Sciences Branch
  • Ann Devenish, WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Di Jin, WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Min-Yang Lee, NOAA NEFSC Social Sciences Branch
  • Yaqin Liu, WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Alison Maksym, WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Tammy Murphy, NOAA NEFSC, Chief of the Social Sciences Branch
  • Michael Neubert, WHOI Biology Department
  • Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Eric Thunberg, NOAA NMFS Office of Science and Technology
  • Michael Weir, WHOI Marine Policy Center
  • Ciara Willis, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

NAAFE Representatives

  • Chris Anderson, University of Washington, NAAFE President
  • Kathryn Goetting, Oregon State University, NAAFE Executive Director

Scientific Committee

  • Leif Anderson, NOAA Fisheries
  • Megan Bailey, Dalhousie University
  • Anna Birkenbach, University of Delaware
  • Kathryn Bisack, NOAA Fisheries
  • Juan Carlos Seijo, Unversidad Marista de Merida
  • Keith Evans, University of Maine
  • Russell Goulet, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Porter Hoagland, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dan Holland, NOAA Fisheries
  • Jorge Holzer, University of Maryland College Park
  • Rosamary Kosaka, NOAA Fisheries
  • Kailin Kroetz, Arizona State University
  • Min-Yang Lee , NOAA Fisheries
  • Doug Lipton, NOAA Fisheries
  • Yaqin Liu, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Gisele Magnusson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Patrick Mahaux, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Eirik Mikkelsen, Nofima
  • Minling Pan, NOAA Fisheries
  • Lisa Pfeiffer, NOAA Fisheries
  • German Ponce Diaz, CICIMAR
  • Erin Steiner, NOAA Fisheries
  • Olivier Thebaud, IFREMER
  • Eric Thunberg, NOAA Fisheries
  • Kanae Tokunaga, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Michael Travis, NOAA Fisheries
  • Hirotsugu Uchida, University of Rhode Island
  • Smit Vasquez Caballero, Research Triangle Institute
  • Michael Weir, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Harbor seals Kitt and Bubba hauled out in their pool at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Hannah Colwell)


Following is logistical information to start your planning for the 2023 NAAFE Forum in Woods Hole, May 23 – May 26, 2023.


NAAFE 2023 will be held at WHOI and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Registration and plenary sessions will take place in Redfield Auditorium (45 Water Street) and the poster session and banquet at the MBL Swope Center (5 North Street).Concurrent sessions will be at Redfield Auditorium, Smith Labs Conference Room (86 Water St.) and MBL Candle House (127 Water St.). All buildings are within a short walking distance.


Parking is very limited in Woods Hole Village and tightly regulated. It’s recommended that you plan to stay in Woods Hole. For anyone that asked for permit parking in advance, you can pick up your permit at the registration table for parking at NOAA (next to the NOAA Aquarium. Look for the NAAFE Sign. For last minute requests, you can ask at the registration table, and we may be able to provide limited parking at the WHOI Quissett Campus. The WHOI shuttle will be available, but times are limited. See WHOI Shuttle Schedule.

Directions, Maps, Local and Historical Woods Hole Information

Directions to WHOI and all WHOI campus maps can be found here and additional local information on WHOI, Woods Hole, Falmouth and the history of the WHOI Scientific Community can be found by visiting the WHOI local information site. Maps will be provided at the registration table and also can be found here.

Air Travel

The two airports nearest to Woods Hole are Boston Logan Airport (BOS) and Providence T.F. Green Airport (PVD). Both airports are just under 80 miles from Woods Hole, and both offer excellent bus service (Peter Pan Bus Lines and Plymouth & Brockton Bus Lines) to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Please check bus schedules and book well ahead of time.

Ground Transportation

Peter Pan Bus Lines and Plymouth & Brockton Bus Lines is available to Falmouth/Woods Hole from Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport as well as Providence Bus Terminal only (not from T.F. Green Airport). At Boston’s Logan Airport, Peter Pan buses leave directly for Falmouth and Woods Hole, taking about 1.5 - 2 hours.  The bus stop for “scheduled buses” can be found right outside each terminal (exit ground floor of the baggage claim area) at Boston Logan Airport. You must book on-line in advance for bus service, and it is a good idea to book early! Both airports also offer many rental car services.

Alternatives to bus or rental car transportation

Local Transportation

Cape Regional Regional Transit Authority

Sealine Schedule (Cape Cod regional bus - connects Falmouth and Woods Hole and the rest of the Cape)

Bike Rental

Corner Cycle (Falmouth)

Holiday Cycles of Falmouth Heights (Falmouth): (508) 540-3549

Arts Bike Shop (North Falmouth)

Shining Sea Bikeway

Lodging Information

The main accommodation for the NAAFE 2023 Forum, May 23-26, 2023, will be at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in the heart of Woods Hole, MA. Two additional hotels have agreed to block rooms for our meeting at the negotiated federal rates: the Sands of Time located in Woods Hole and Inn on the Square located in Falmouth. The Treehouse Lodge and the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole will provide a special 10% discount. Limited shuttle service may be available between the Inn on the Square and Woods Hole. Limited parking will be available at WHOI.

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Swope Center & MBL Housing
5 North Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-7248

Room registration Now closed

Note: MBL has over 45 single and double rooms available and will host the opening reception, banquet dinner, poster session and some of the conference sessions. All guests must be registered for the forum and MBL meal plans are required. Housing and meals for single rooms are $205 / night and $131 / night for a shared double room. If you request a shared double room each guest must register and pay separately. Roommate preferences can be made at the time of booking. If two persons mention each other on their reservation forms, MBL will put them together. If no preferred roommate is identified on a reservation, MBL will provide a match. The meal price has been discounted to not include any meals already covered by the NAAFE conference registration. A $53 registration fee is required for all staying at MBL. Includes online registration, payment processing, Wi-Fi, parking permit processing as available, access to the MBL/WHOI Library and conference coordination assistance. MBL is located next to picturesque Eel Pond and is within close walking distance to the WHOI venues. Unfortunately, no children or pets allowed.

Sands of Time
Motor Inn & Harbor House
549 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 548-6300

15+ rooms available at $231/night (federal per diem rate + tax). Booking available now on-line at by choosing Book Now, Advanced Options (I have a Group Number), and add 05232023, then choose the room you wish to book. Or you can call 508-548-6300 and mention that you will be attending the May 2023 NAAFE Forum at WHOI.

Note: within easy walking distance to the symposium venue and WHOI.

Inn on the Square
40 North Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
(877) 961-3249

25 rooms reserved until April 22, 2023 at a rate of $159/night under NAAFE 2023 Forum.

Use this link when booking or call 1-888-744-5394 and ask for the WHOI - North American Association of Fisheries Economists 2023 Forum when making your reservations.

Note: This Inn is in Falmouth, about 4 miles from the conference venue. It is within easy walking distance from the Falmouth bus stop, the Steamship Authority shuttle, and to Falmouth Village. Limited shuttle service may be available to Woods Hole, but guests should plan on using Uber, taxi or local shuttle to get to Woods Hole if you stay in Falmouth.

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Additional lodging options in Woods Hole

Treehouse Lodge
527 Woods Hole Rd
Falmouth, MA 02543
(508) 548-1986

Note: within easy walking distance to the symposium venue and WHOI. For a 10% discount when booking a room, go to Rooms, Book Now, Check Availability page, +Special Rates enter the promotion code science.

Woods Hole Inn
28 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 495-0248

Note: small B&B with 14 rooms across the street from the conference venue in downtown Woods Hole. For a 10% discount when booking a room go to Book Now, Check Availability page, +Special Rates enter the promotion code science.

Additional lodging options in Falmouth

Holiday Inn
291 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
(866) 238-4218
(508) 540-2000

Note: located in Falmouth, 5 miles from Woods Hole. No shuttle service provided to venue. Does provide various rates including a government rate.

Coonamessett Inn
311 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 388-1748

Note: located in Falmouth, 5 miles from Woods Hole. No shuttle service provided to venue. Guests can book by phone and identify their science affiliation and possibly receive a discount.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556
(800) 225-3110

Note: located in Falmouth, 9 miles from Woods Hole. No shuttle service provided to venue. Special rates are available on their booking site.

Home and Room Rentals

Note: rates and distances from conference venue will vary. No shuttle service provided to or from conference site.

After Hours

Further afield

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Heritage Museum and Gardens

Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Steamship Authority to Martha’s Vineyard (leaves from Woods Hole)

Whale watching

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Chartered cruises available:

Dolphin Fleet in Provincetown

Captain John & Sons in Plymouth

Need cash

Martha’ Vineyard Bank, 2 Water St, Woods Hole, 02543

Health Emergencies

Falmouth Hospital
90 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540 (508-548-5300)

Cape Cod HealthCare Urgent Care
273 Teaticket Hwy, Falmouth, MA 02540 (508-495-8000)

ConvenientMD Urgent Care
40 Davis Straits, Falmouth, MA 02540 (774-255-3010)


North American Association of Fisheries Economists

NAAFE is an international group of industry, government, and academic practitioners of fisheries economics. The purposes of NAAFE are to facilitate communication among North American fisheries and aquaculture economists in industry, academia, government, and other areas, to promote dialogue between economists and stakeholders interested in fisheries and aquaculture, and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications.

About WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.


NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has conducted a comprehensive marine science program in the region since 1871. We study fishery species and fisheries, monitor and model ocean ecosystems, and provide reliable advice for policy makers.