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Workshop Summary


In January 2016, the Council approved conducting a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) to support the development of alternatives regarding the ABC control rule. MSE is a collaborative decision-making process, involving upfront public input and technical analysis than the normal amendment development process. MSE can take many forms, but here, the MSE will be used to help determine how a range of control rules may perform relative to potential objectives. An early step of this MSE will be a public workshop to develop recommendations for a range of potential objectives of the Atlantic herring ABC control rule, how these objectives may be tested (i.e., associated performance metrics), and the range of control rules that would undergo testing.

For further information please contact Rachel Feeney at 978-465-0492 ext. 110 or at

Meeting Materials

Workshop Overview Document

Agenda - Final

Presentation: MSE Goals

Presentation: Control Rule Objectives

Workshop presentation: Performance Metrics and Uncertainties

Workshop presentation: Control Rules

MSE workshop background document

Punt, A.E. (2015) Strategic management decision-making in a complex world: quantifying, understanding, and using trade-offs


We encourage all those wishing to participate to register before May 9 as seating is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate all interested parties.  Last minute / walk-in registration is welcome up to the seating capacity limit.

Online Registration or
Mail in Registration Form

Hotel Reservations

Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME - Please call the hotel at 207-775-2311 or 800-345-5070 and make reference to the New England Fishery Mgmt. Council room block.