Three NMFS Scientists
To Address Fish Stocks,
Climate Change, and Habitat
NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
N E W SWoods Hole, Mass., -- Three NOAA Fisheries scientists will give a 75-minute panel discussion September 21 on the science behind New England fisheries issues. The panel, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., is open to reporters and editors and will include an extended question and answer session.
The panel will include:
* an overview of the status of New England groundfish stocks, by Steve Murawski, chief of the Population Dynamics branch of the NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)
* a discussion of recent studies on the effect of fishing on ocean bottom, by Frank Almeida, chief of the Population Biology branch of NOAA's NEFSC
* an overview of the attempt to understand and predict the effects of global climate change on marine ecosystems, by Michael Fogarty, a fisheries biologist in the NEFSC's Fisheries and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis division.
The panel is part of a Cape Cod regional conference on environmental reporting, organized by the Society of Environmental Journalists and held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Other events on the agenda include tours, panels, and a collecting trip. An agenda is available online (See "other upcoming conferences")
Fisheries and environmental writers and editors are invited to attend the fisheries panel free of charge. Journalists interested in attending other conference events are asked to register at www.sej.org and to pay the $45 registration fee.