The 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 others interested in fisheries and aquaculture, and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications. Individuals with common interests from other regions are also welcome to participate in our Forums and network.
NAAFE is a volunteer effort of fisheries economists from across North American who are interested in strengthening communication across our profession. Through this network, our goal is to develop strong collegial relationships and networks, and to learn more about the work that others are doing and planning, in order to improve the effectiveness of our research, teaching, and fishery management strategies.
The idea for a North American Association of Fisheries Economists and NAAFE’s biennial Forums (conferences) arose in January 2000 at a meeting of the USDA-sponsored Western Coordinating Committee on Markets, Trade and Fisheries Management (WCC 109), and was later formalized at the IIFET 2000 Conference. Many participants were members of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) and were seeking opportunities during IIFET’s non-conference (odd-numbered) years to both network among those working on North American issues, and to provide opportunities to those unable to attend IIFET’s international conferences. By holding biennial fisheries economics forums in different parts of North American we provide a regular opportunity to meet with North American colleagues, which complements the opportunity provided by IIFET conferences to meet with international colleagues.
The organization of biennial fisheries economics Forums is the main activity of NAAFE. NAAFE is officially affiliated with both IIFET and the journal Marine Resource Economics (MRE), and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of five individuals representing Canada, the USA, and Mexico, including a President, President-elect, and Treasurer. NAAFE’s Business Office is co-located with IIFET’s Secretariat in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, and the two organizations share an Executive Director. Further information can be found on our website at naafe.org.