8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference


There will be two ways at IFOMC 2016 to present your research, analysis, or lessons-learned from your fishery monitoring experiences. 

Panel Sessions

As we have done in previous conferences, the 8th IFOMC will consist mostly of panel discussion sessions.  Five to seven panel members will be selected from those submitting abstracts related to each program topic.  Each panelist will be given approx. six to eight minutes to present his/her talk.  After all these presentations, a panel moderator will lead a discussion of the talks and will take questions and comments from the audience.  This means that each session is effectively half presentations from panelists and half open discussion.

These panel sessions have worked well for this conference series in the past.  The format gives more presenters the opportunity to speak, albeit briefly, than would have under more traditional scientific conferences.  Also, this format allows much greatly input from ALL delegates such that an enormous breadth of ideas are aired and discussed.  If past experience holds true, the panel sessions and subsequent audience discussions will spill into the hallways, continue over lunch, and get revisited during the conference’s social events.


Posters are another great way to present one’s findings and thoughts about fisheries observing and monitoring at the 8th IFOMC.  The posters will be set up on Monday adjacent to the dining area where we’ll meet for lunch and breaks.  This means that, throughout the week there will be lots of time to exhibit and discuss the posters.

Preliminary Program    

Oral Abstracts Featured In Program  Poster Abstracts Featured In Program

Keynote Speaker

Samuel D Rauch III

Samuel Rauch III

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, NOAA Fisheries

Mr. Rauch has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs since 2006, though taking a two-year reprieve from this role to oversee the agency’s core missions as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries from 2012 to 2013. In his deputy role, he oversees NOAA Fisheries’ regulatory actions and programs, including those to support the conservation and recovery of marine mammals and endangered species; ensure economically and biologically sustainable fisheries; and promote habitat stewardship through restoration and conservation. Coordination of the NOAA Fisheries’ aquaculture activities and outreach, and the agency’s National Environmental Policy Act programs are also under his purview. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Fisheries where he supervised a team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff responsible for providing legal counsel to NOAA Fisheries. Prior to joining NOAA, Mr. Rauch served as a trial attorney and the Assistant Section Chief for the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Rauch holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, an M.S. from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has also received many honors during his career, including NOAA General Counsel Awards (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010); Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002); and Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2007), Bronze Medal (2011), and the Presidential Rank Award (2011).

Guest Speaker

William A Karp

William Karp

Science and Research Director, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Dr William A. (Bill) Karp was appointed as the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s (NEFSC’s) Science and Research Director in 2012. At NEFSC he overseas 500 staff and contractors carrying out scientific investigation of regional marine ecosystems and providing scientific advice to resource managers. He is one of two US Delegates to the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and serves as one of five elected vice presidents. Bill’s employment with NOAA began in 1986 at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) where he was responsible for acoustic/trawl assessments of walleye pollock in Alaska and related research; he later became the leader of this group. Bill was the first chair of the NMFS Advanced Sampling Technology Working Group (2000 – 2003), the NOAA representative on SCOR working group on Advanced Technologies for Observing Marine Life (2000 – 2003) and the United States representative on North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Technical Committee on Data Exchange (1994 -1998). Bill has considerable experience in the design, implementation and direction of observer programs for monitoring catch and bycatch aboard fishing vessels and at shore based processing plants. He led the AFSC’s fisheries monitoring (observer) program for several years during which the program was greatly expanded, modernized and reorganized as a full research division. Bill was a founding member of the NMFS National Observer Program Advisory Team and co-convener of the first International Fisheries Observer Conference (1998). He also served as chair of the steering committee for the first US National Bycatch Report (2006-2011) and an Invited Expert at the FAO Expert Consultation on Bycatch Mitigation (2009). He was co-convener of the first two ICES Conferences on the Collection and Interpretation of Fishery Dependent Data which were held in 2010 and 2014. Bill was awarded a B.Sc. in Applied Biology by Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 1972 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries by the University of Washington in 1975 and 1982. He worked in the private sector before coming to NOAA. He is a Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington.