Pelagic Fisheries: U.S. and European Perspectives and Shared Experiences

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold two workshops in collaboration with the European Union’s Pelagic Advisory Council ( The objective of these workshops is to share information and best management practices across U.S. and European pelagic and small-mesh fisheries. Both workshops will involve a combination of presentations, group discussions, and field trips designed to give participants first-hand knowledge of local fishery operations and issues.


A “core group” of fishermen affiliated with the MAFMC and the EU’s Pelagic AC have been invited to attend both workshops. Additional fishermen and subject-matter experts will be invited to attend in each location. These workshops are open to the public.


Workshop agendas are still under development. Updates will be posted on this page as they become available. 

Dates and Locations

U.S. Workshop:  April 30 – May 3, 2018

Beauport Hotel Gloucester, 55 Commercial St, Gloucester, MA 01930

E.U. Workshop: June 4 – 8, 2018

Skaga Hotel, Willemoesvej 1, 9850 Hirtshals, Denmark

Steering Committee

U.S. Members

  • Chris Moore
  • Jason Didden
  • Mary Sabo
  • Jeff Kaelin
  • Eric Reid

E.U. Members

  • Gerard van Balsfoort
  • Verena Ohms
  • Jesper Raakjær
  • Esben Sverdrup-Jensen