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Northeast Fisheries Science Center Reference Document 01-17

Collected Abstracts of the Seventh NEFSC Science Symposium, December 11-13, 2001, Water's Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut

Renee Mercaldo-Allen, Joseph Choromanski, Mark S. Dixon, James B. Hughes, Douglas R. Lanyon, Catharine A. Kuropat, Christopher Martin, and John J. Ziskowski, compilers
National Marine Fisheries Serv., 212 Rogers Ave., Milford, CT 06460-6490

Web version posted December 4, 2001

Citation: Mercaldo-Allen, R.; Choromanski, J.; Dixon, M.S.; Hughes, J.B.; Lanyon, D.R.; Kuropat, C.A.; Martin, C.; Ziskowski, J.J., compilers. 2001. Collected abstracts of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Seventh Science Symposium, Westbrook, Connecticut, December 11-13, 2001. Northeast Fish. Sci. Cent. Ref. Doc. 01-17; 60 p.

Information Quality Act Compliance: In accordance with section 515 of Public Law 106-554, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed both technical and policy reviews for this report. These predissemination reviews are on file at the NEFSC Editorial Office.

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Tuesday December 11, 2001

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Muffins, Danish

8:30-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Renee Mercaldo-Allen, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Michael Sissenwine, NEFSC Science and Research Director
Douglas R. Lanyon, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Session I: Crustaceans

Ambrose Jearld, Jr., Session Chair
Chief, Research Planning and Coordination Staff

9:00 a.m. Shell disease prevalence and severity in offshore American lobster populations

Diane Kapareiko, Richard A. Robohm, John J. Ziskowski, George R. Sennefelder, and Anthony Calabrese, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

9:20 a.m. Reassessing biodiversity estimates for decapod crustaceans off the eastern United States: the importance of new species discoveries, improved taxonomy, and new phylogenetic hypotheses

Martha S. Nizinski, NEFSC/National Systematics Laboratory

9:40 a.m. Environmental monitoring on lobster traps

James Manning, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

10:00 a.m. Attack and avoidance behavior between large and small blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, in the laboratory

Linda L. Stehlik and Carol J. Meise, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

10:20-10:40 a.m. BREAK

Session II: Environmental Studies

Thomas T. Noji, Session Chair
Chief, Ecosystems Processes Division

10:40 a.m. Polychlorinated biphenyl fingerprints in young-of-the-year bluefish

Ashok D. Deshpande, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

11:00 a.m. Patterns in biochemical condition of some young-of-the-year demersal fishes: the price of seasonal migration

Vincent G. Guida, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

11:20 a.m. Benthic invertebrate assemblages at Spartina alterniflora marshes reestablished after an oil spill in the Arthur Kill (NY/NJ)

Joseph J. Vitaliano, Robert N. Reid, and David B. Packer, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

11:40 a.m. Habitat and species associations of fish, megafauna, and benthic infauna in the New York Bight Apex

Sukwoo Chang, Joseph J. Vitaliano, and Frank W. Steimle, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

12:00 noon The role of local wintertime atmosphere heat flux in determining springtime temperature variability in the northern Mid-Atlantic Bight during 1965-1973

Maureen H. Taylor and David G. Mountain, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

12:20-1:30 p.m. LUNCH

Session III: Protected Species

Wendy L. Gabriel, Session Chair
Chief, Fisheries and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis Division

1:30 p.m. The Right Whale Sighting Advisory System: locating right whales, advising mariners, and battling nausea

Kelly Houle, NMFS/NERO

1:50 p.m. The Right Whale Sighting Advisory System: who knows a right whale from a left whale anyway?

Patricia A. McGinn, NMFS/NERO

2:10 p.m. Northeast Fisheries Science Center aeriel surveys for right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) 1998-2001

Timothy V.N. Cole, Frederick W. Wenzel, and Amy E. Renner, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

2:30 p.m. A review of current NMFS scientific management efforts to recover the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Richard L. Merrick, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

2:50 p.m. An overview of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Sea Turtle Program

Cheryl E. Ryder, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

3:10-3:30 p.m. BREAK

Session IV: Results of the Town Meetings


John Boreman, Session Chair
Deputy Center Director

3:30-5:00 p.m. Presentation/Discussion

5:30 p.m. DINNER

Wednesday December 12, 2001

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Muffins, Danish

Session V: Aquaculture

Anthony Calabrese, Session Chair
Chief, Aquaculture and Enhancement Division

8:30-9:00 a.m.


Mark S. Dixon, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Shellfish Aquaculture: Good for the economy, good for the environment, good for you!

Sandra Shumway, UConn Department of Marine Sciences

9:00 a.m. Stock enhancement: moving from wishful thinking toward sound ecology

Ronald Goldberg, Jose J. Pereira, and Paul Clark, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

9:20 a.m. Bay scallop spawning and rearing methods

David J. Veilleux, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

9:40 a.m. An experimental system for evaluating shellfish recirculating nursery systems

James C. Widman, Jr., NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

10:00-10:20 a.m. BREAK

10:20 a.m. Rotifer production on microalgal diets: a quantitative approach to developing a feeding strategy

Mark S. Dixon, Gary H. Wikfors, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Bethann Balazsi, Southampton College

10:40 a.m. Microalgal production to further science and aquaculture

Barry C. Smith and Gary H. Wikfors, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

11:00 a.m. An overview of the NOAA diving program

Barry C. Smith, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Session VI: Senior Manager Presentations

Dr. John Boreman, Session Chair
Deputy Center Director

11:20 a.m. Expanding opportunities

Ambrose Jearld, Jr., Chief, Research Planning and Coordination

11:35 a.m. Habitat characterization and resource management

Thomas T. Noji, Chief, Ecosystems Processes Division

11:50 a.m. Census of marine life

Michael Vecchione, Director, National Systematics Laboratory

12:05-1:30 p.m. LUNCH

Session VII: Flounder Biology and Ecology

Mary Fabrizio, Session Chair
Chief, Behavioral Ecology Branch

1:30 p.m. Settlement dynamics and the distribution of early juvenile winter flounder in a Northwest Atlantic estuarine nursery

John P. Manderson, Jeffrey P. Pessutti, Carol J. Meise, Donna L. Johnson, and Patricia A. Shaheen
NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

1:50 p.m. Winter flounder avoidance of sediment biogeochemicals

Andrew F.J. Draxler, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
Jessica A. Siclare, Saint Joseph’s University

2:10 p.m. Growth rates of juvenile winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, as determined from otoliths, under varying environmental conditions

Carol J. Meise, Donna L. Johnson, Linda L. Stehlik, John P. Manderson, and Patricia A. Shaheen
NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

2:30 p.m. Size related shifts in habitat associations of young-of-the-year winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus): field observations and laboratory experiments

Beth A. Phelan, John P. Manderson, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
Allan W. Stoner, NMFS/Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Allen J. Bejda, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory/retired

2:50 p.m. Ecological biogeography and species diversity of the flatfishes (Order Pleuronectiformes)

Thomas A. Munroe, NEFSC/National Systematics Laboratory

3:10-3:30 p.m. BREAK

Session VIII


3:30-5:00 p.m.

Multi-decadal temperature records from New England's coastal waters

Cristina Bascuñán, James Manning, Maureen H. Taylor, and David G. Mountain, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

Shell size and color of bay scallops from genetic lines as factors in prey preference by crabs

Joseph Choromanski, Sheila Stiles, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Jessica Vinokur, Vassar College

A clear case of overfishing in Room 25

Gary H. Wikfors and Mark S. Dixon, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Waquoit Bay Watershed Ecological Risk Assessment Project: using science to support management

David D. Dow, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

Salpidae and Thaliacea on the Northeast Continental Shelf

Michael D. Ford, NESDIS/NODC
Sharon A. McLean, Jerome Prezioso, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

Variability in capture of egg and larval fish species between two pelagic samplers: bongo vs MOCNESS

Donna L. Johnson, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

Distribution and variability of zooplankton biomass of the U.S. Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

Joseph Kane, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

RNA concentration as an indicator of growth in young-of-the-year winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) and tautog (Tautoga onitis)

Catherine Kuropat, Renee Mercaldo-Allen, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Elaine Caldarone, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory
Ronald Goldberg, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Beth Phelan, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
Frederick Thurberg, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Critical Sightings Program placard

Amy E. Renner, Timothy V.N. Cole, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
Blair Mase, NMFS/SEFSC
Dana L. Hartley, Pat Gerrior, NERO/Woods Hole Laboratory

Applications of age and measurement data for Atlantic salmon scales using image analysis

Erin Livensparger and Ruth E. Haas-Castro, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

Sirolpidium zoophthorum, new evidence of its effects on larval bay scallops

Christopher Martin, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

Restoration and assessment of urban salt marsh habitat damaged by a severe oil spill

David B. Packer, Joseph Vitaliano, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
Carl Alderson, NYC Parks and Recreation/Salt Marsh Restoration Team

Seasonal abundance of Temora longicornis on the Northeast Continental Shelf of the United States based on 24 years of ecosystems monitoring data

Jerome Prezioso and Joseph Kane, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

NOAA CoastWatch remote sensing applications for the NMFS Northeast Region

Grayson Wood, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

Axial skeletal deformities in winter flounder from Boston Harbor and Georges Bank

John Ziskowski, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Holly Hansen, Secaucus, NJ
Jose Pereira, NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Marianne Farrington, New England Aquarium
Jay Burnett, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

5:30 p.m. DINNER

Thursday December 13, 2001

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Muffins, Danish

Session IX: Atlantic Salmon

Fredric M. Serchuk, Session Chair
Chief, Resource Evaluation and Assessment Division

8:30 a.m. Infectious salmon anemia in Maine-cultured Atlantic salmon

Sharon A. MacLean, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

8:50 a.m. Smolt production dynamics in endangered Atlantic salmon populations

John F. Kocik, NEFSC/Orono Field Station
Timothy F. Sheehan, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
Kenneth F. Beland, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission
Jennifer FitzGerald, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

9:10 a.m. Characterizing rearing history of Pleasant River smolts using scale image analysis

Ruth E. Haas-Castro, John F. Kocik, and Christopher M. Legault, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

9:30 a.m. Stock-specific measures of marine growth for three remnant populations of Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, from eastern Maine

Timothy F. Sheehan, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
John F. Kocik, NEFSC/Orono Field Station
Ernest Atkinson, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission

9:50 a.m. Origin and distribution of Atlantic salmon post-smolts in Penobscot Bay, ME

Craig A. Tinus and Russell W. Brown, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

10:10-10:30 a.m. BREAK

Session X: Technology/Gear

Michael Vecchione, Session Chair
Director, National Systematics Laboratory

10:30 a.m. Use of a large-mesh panel to reduce the flatfish bycatch in the small-mesh bottom trawls used in the New England silver hake fishery

Henry O. Milliken, III, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

10:50 a.m. An efficiency comparison of a standard 8-ft NEFSC sea scallop dredge and one rigged with rock-excluding chains

Victor A. Nordahl, Jr., NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

11:10 a.m. Fisheries acoustics at the NEFSC

Peter Chase, William L. Michaels, J. Michael Jech, William J. Overholtz, Wendy L. Gabriel, and Elizabeth Pratt, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

11:30 a.m. Introducing the Fisheries Scientific Computer System (FSCS)

Nancy McHugh, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
David Benigni, Thomas N. Stepka, and Dennis P. Shields, NOAA/Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

11:50 a.m. Results for recent NIST intercomparison exercises from the Organic Group of the J. J. Howard Marine Science Laboratory

Bruce Dockum, NEFSC/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

12:10 p.m. Remote sensing and GIS applications for protected species

Chris Orphanides and Grayson Wood, NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

12:45 p.m. LUNCH

NEFSC Science Symposium Steering Committee/Milford Laboratory

Joseph Choromanski
Mark S. Dixon
James B. Hughes
Douglas R. Lanyon
Catherine A. Kuropat
Christopher Martin
Renee Mercaldo-Allen
John J. Ziskowski
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