The fourth National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit is scheduled for March 29-30, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. We are planning on an in-person meeting, with the option for live streaming of the plenary sessions. Any changes to this status will be posted to this event webpage and the Eventbrite registration page.
The theme for the 2022 Summit is Recreational Fisheries in a Time of Change. Our world is experiencing substantial change that is affecting many facets of life, including our oceans and fisheries. Climate change, novel uses of ocean space, new technologies, and more, offer both challenges and opportunities for collaboration to safeguard and improve the state of recreational fisheries. The recreational fishing community, managers, and scientists must work together to understand and adapt to these changes to ensure abundant and sustainable recreational fishing opportunities for this generation and the next.
The Summit is being organized by NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, in collaboration with a Steering Committee of marine recreational fishery representatives throughout the coastal U.S. The Summit is supported by a facilitation team led by Tidal Bay Consulting.
NOAA Fisheries solicited topics for the Summit through a number of regional constituent meetings (refer to the Roundtable Meeting Summaries linked under Key Documents). These topics were considered through discussions with the organizers, Steering Committee members, and meeting facilitators. Check this webpage frequently for updates on the agenda (see Schedule tabs below), other meeting materials, and travel information.
General registration for in-person attendance is now full. Individuals may add their names to the waitlist available under the ‘General Registration’ category. If spaces open, individuals on the waitlist will be notified on a first-come, first-serve basis. The email will come directly from Eventbrite, and may end up in spam folders. Registration, including the waitlist, is available online through Eventbrite. Due to capacity limitations and COVID protocols, walk-ins will not be permitted.
Registration is now open for live streaming of the plenary sessions on GoToWebinar. Please use the following link (or Webinar ID 974-032-347) to register in advance: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4231793077220241424
If you are new to GoToWebinar, you can download the software by clicking here or via the App store under GoToWebinar. We recommend you register for the Summit well in advance of March 29 as GoToWebinar will email a link to test your device’s compatibility with the webinar.
(Updated on 2/14/2022):
The conference organizers will adhere to all federal, state, and county guidelines to lessen the risk of transmission at the Summit. In addition, as of February 3, there are new Department of Commerce protocols that NOAA Fisheries must comply with. All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must fill out a provided Certification of Vaccination form attesting to their status and bring it with them to the registration desk prior to entry into the event. This form must be kept with you during the event. Attendees who are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide information about their vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three calendar days of the event.
Attendees who are fully vaccinated are only required to wear masks in areas of high or substantial transmission (and not in areas of low to moderate transmission). Attendees who are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide information about their status are required to wear masks for the duration of the event, regardless of the level of community transmission.
Review the Certification of Vaccination form and read the updated COVID Protocols for the Summit, which are subject to change.
All Summit participants are required to make their own travel and room reservations. The Summit is being held at The Westin Crystal City, 1800 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, with a block of rooms being held for Summit participants. Please reserve your room online via this website specific to the Summit room block or call The Westin Crystal City at (703) 486-1111 as soon as possible and identify ‘ASMFC Saltwater Fishing Summit’ to receive a discounted group room rate of $258, plus tax for a single or double. Please be aware you must guarantee your room reservation with a major credit card or one night's advance payment.
Hotel reservations must be made by Monday, March 7, 2022. Room availability will not be guaranteed beyond this date. If you are being reimbursed by ASMFC for your travel, you are required to make your reservation in the Westin room block. Reservations made through travel websites do not apply toward our minimum number of required reservations with the hotel. Please note, cancellations at The Westin must be made by 4:00 p.m. two days prior to arrival to avoid penalty and an early departure fee of $100 will apply when checking out prior to the confirmed date; these charges will be at your own cost and will not be reimbursed by the Commission. If you have any problems regarding accommodations please contact Cindy Robertson at 703.842.0710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which is 1-mile away from the hotel. Dulles International Airport is 27-miles away. Baltimore/Washington International Airport is 36-miles away.
The Westin Crystal City provides complimentary shuttle (white van) which operates Monday-Sunday and stops at Reagan National Airport (DCA) at Terminal A, Terminal B (Door 5) & Terminal C (Door 9), and runs every 15 minutes (4:30-8:00 AM) and every 30 minutes (8:00 AM-10:30 PM). By Metro from DCA: Yellow Line to MOUNT VERNON SQUARE or Blue Line to LARGO TOWN CENTER. Exit at Crystal City Metro Station. Travel Time: 5 minutes; the hotel is within walking distance from Crystal City (Underground) Metro Station. Hotel is located across from Crystal City Metro station and its underground shops and restaurants. Additional restaurants are within walking distance.
For additional information regarding the Summit, please contact:
Russell Dunn, NOAA Fisheries
Tina Berger, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Jessica Joyce, Tidal Bay Consulting