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Science Center Scientists Share Their Research at the 2018 American Fisheries Society Conference

Scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center have organized and charing symposia and presenting their research at the 2018 American Fisheries Society (AFS) annual conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from August 19 - 23. Conferences are one way scientists can build networks and seek out future collaborations with other scientists. They keep scientists updated on new findings, technologies, and methodologies. They help re-inspire scientists, gain new perspective, and receive feedback about their research. Here are just a few symposia and links to features covering Center scientist’s talks and/or relevant information.


Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Symposium:

Fisheries Independent Surveys: Lessons Learned and Paths Forward

This symposium focuses on quantifying bias and uncertainty in fishery-independent surveys, methods for combining survey estimates, QA/QC procedures for large survey datasets, and alternative uses for survey data products.

Talks


Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Symposium:

Ocean Acidification: Current Research in the Field and Looking to Next Steps

Measuring the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystem is a growing area of study in conjunction with climate change. Presentations focus on organism response, ecological effects, changing carbonate chemistry, monitoring, advances, data usage, transgenerational effects, experimental methodologies, and special emphasis on next steps.

Talks


Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Symposium:

Coastal Fisheries and Offshore Energy Development: Managing a Multi-Use Ocean

As global energy demands rise, and energy technologies become evermore sophisticated, our coastal ecosystems are increasingly a source for carbon-based and renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal energy etc). With increased demand for offshore energy development comes the need to better understand how these activities will affect areas important for both fish and fisheries. This symposium is intended to increase understanding of the interactions and impacts of new offshore energy developments among stakeholders, and to facilitate collaboration as offshore renewable energy options continue to develop.

Talks


Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Symposium:

Latest Advances in Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) Research and Management

The northern Atlantic black sea bass supports commercial and recreational fisheries valued at more than $20 million. The assessment and management of black sea bass has been impaired by a poor understanding of its life history, migration, and fishery selectivity, especially in the northern portion of its range. This symposium explores recent advances in black sea bass research and management, with the overall goal of developing a coordinated and effective approach to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the black sea bass resources and fisheries.

Talks


Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Symposium:

Shellfish Aquaculture: Science and Policy

Globally, the shellfish aquaculture industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth. In 2014 shellfish were valued at $300 million and more than 40 million pounds were produced. This symposium is a forum for discussing current research and policy in the United States and abroad, including hatchery methods, potential interactions with protected species, shellfish diseases, potential for fishery habitat provisioning, and overall shellfish aquaculture management.

Talks


Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Symposium:

Diversity and Inclusion in the Fisheries Profession: Leadership and Action: Part 2

The low diversity of gender and race or ethnicity in the fisheries profession stands in stark contrast to our efforts to maintain species biodiversity as a foundation of sustainable fisheries management programs and resilient ecosystems. Invited speakers will set the context for an audience based, interactive and in-depth discussion to l generate actionable items for improving diversity and inclusion in our profession.

Talks