On a biannual basis, the CI joins with the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation to sponsor a daylong symposium that facilitates conversations on the management of recreational fisheries in southern New England and their contribution to local and state economies. Attendees include fishing enthusiasts, fish and wildlife regulators, chambers of commerce and other tourism entities, as well as research scientists. By bringing together parties that historically have conflicting interests, the CI helps build consensus that leads to increased compliance and optimal use of fish stocks for peak economic return.