There are exciting new areas of science and technology on the horizon that will undoubtedly play an important role in marine resource management. Future fisheries scientists will use remote sensing data from satellites to its fullest potential and remotely operated vehicles to survey fish and shellfish. As computer power continues to grow, so should the sophistication of analysis tools for fish stocks. These and other important research areas will be well served if academic researchers make contributions in partnership with government scientists.
There is an increasing interest in CMER programs both regionally and nationally. Clearly, many academic institutions could make a useful contribution to the program. However, any expansion of the program will have to be achieved in a thoughtful manner to ensure that long standing investments in the program are not lost.
|Squid are an important fishery resource and an important food for other marine animals. Today scientists must not only study what is caught by humans, but how these resources fit into the big picture of marine ecosystems.|
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