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Cape May Convention Hall Register Now: October 31-November 1 - Fall SCeMFiS IAB Meeting, Cape May, New Jersey

Join us at the Cape May Convention Hall October 31-November 1, 2017 in Cape May, New Jersey for the Fall 2017 SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board Meeting. A block of rooms have been reserved at the historic Congress Inn at federal per diem rate. This will be a unique opportunity to meet with several industry owners from the local area as well as researchers and students from Rutgers University.

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Examining surfclams Access to Surfclam (Spisula solidissima) Fishing Grounds Studied by SCeMFiS Scientists in Research Survey Cruise Southeast of Nantucket Island - August 11, 2017

The scientists of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) recently completed a survey of the surfclam fishery area southeast of Nantucket Island to provide information regarding surfclam stock status and habitat to ensure continued resource access by local surfclam vessels. Read more..



Testimony: "Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges"
September 12, 2017

SCeMFiS Vice-Chair, Greg DiDomenico, Executive Director, Garden State Seafood Association testifies at a hearing that focused on the perspectives of commercial, charter, and recreational fishermen on the state of our nation’s fishery laws.

Oversight Hearing: "Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act" July 19, 2017 at 2 PM eastern

Witness testimony from IAB member and former Chair, Jeff Kaelin, Government Relations, Lund's Fisheries, Inc.

Memorandum / Testimony / Oral Statement

SeafreezeTown Dock Welcome Seafreeze, Ltd. and The Town Dock

Rhode Island based companies Seafreeze, Ltd. "Largest Producers & Traders of Frozen-At-Sea Seafood on U.S. East Coast" and The Town Dock, "America's Leading Calamari Supplier" have joined forces to obtain a combined vote and become one of the newest members of SCeMFiS.
"SCeMFiS continues to grow and its research portfolio continues to expand. This year SCeMFiS has taken on important new challenges in survey design, ocean quahog life history, forage fish, and uncertainty in stock assessments. We look forward to working with these new companies in a continuing expansion of our research portfolio,
" - Dr. Eric Powell, SCeMFiS Center Director and Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Intershell Welcome to Intershell International Corporation

SCeMFiS welcomes Intershell International Corporation which was was founded in 1992, and has operated since as a seafood processing and distribution company. They are located on
the waterfront of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Clam related SCeMFiS research projects are especially relevant to the work of Intershell.

Sara Pace's defense Second SCeMFiS-Supported Graduate Student Successfully Defends Thesis

Sara Pace, University of Southern Mississippi, defended her thesis "Evidence of multidecadal recruitment in ocean quahogs (Arctica islandica) in the western Atlantic Ocean" on June 16, 2017.

- Sara Pace Thesis

black sea bass Funding for Seven Research Projects Impacting Fisheries Management

The SCeMFiS Spring 2017 IAB Meeting yielded funding for seven new research projects that will impact marine mammal, finfish and shellfish research.


Dameron-Kubiak_Dredge Dameron-Kubiak Dredge Targets Juvenile Clams: Leads to More Sustainable Fisheries

National Science Foundation's I/UCRC Breakthroughs reported that SCeMFiS industry members designed and fabricated a research dredge with variable bar spacing. This modified dredge allows researchers to collect and wash sediment from smaller sized clams from a larger sampling area. Results of dredging show that juvenile ocean quahogs between 10 and 45 mm shell lengths illustrate that there is regular recruitment to the fishery resource. Read more.

Dr. Paula Moreno SCeMFiS Researcher to Participate in Data Science Course

Congratulations to Dr. Paula Moreno for being selected to participate in the Gulf Research Program-sponsored data science course run by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) called "Training in Open Science." This course seeks to find commonalities among various fisheries projects. Dr. Moreno's project submission was "dolphin-shrimper interactions." The goal is to eventually select and merge projects for three working groups.

Taylor Daley working up chub mackerel Education Spotlight: Taylor Daley, USM, works with IAB Members on Forage Fish Research

SCeMFiS-funded graduate student Taylor Daley, as well as her major professor, Dr. Robert Leaf, had the opportunity to travel to Lund’s Fisheries Inc. and meet with IAB members Jeff Kaelin and Wayne Reichle. Fish from Lund’s harvest were obtained for the study.  Weight and length measurements, otoliths, and gonads from 863 Atlantic Chub Mackerel (Scomber Colias) were taken on-site for further analysis.

Read more about Taylor's research which is reaching an international audience or visit the Education page for a list of additional SCeMFiS-funded student research.


Omega Protein

SCeMFiS Welcomes Omega Protein

SCeMFiS welcomes Omega Protein as one of its newest industry members. Several SCeMFiS research projects are especially relevant to the work of Omega Protein. One project in particular is a winter survey of menhaden in the Mid-Atlantic, which aims to "address data deficiencies and better inform the menhaden assessment," according to SCeMFiS Chair, Jeff Kaelin.

Read more from Saving Seafood
Dr. Eric Powell Eric Powell: Recipient of David H. Wallace Award

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Powell, recipient of the David H. Wallace Award which is presented to individuals whose activities in shellfisheries, aquaculture and conservation have promoted understanding, knowledge, and cooperation among industry members, the academic community, and government, as exemplified by Mr. David H. Wallace during his lifetime. Recipients receive a plaque and lifetime membership in the National Shellfisheries Association.

Mann & Hughes New MAFMC Board Members

Two SCeMFiS members, Peter Hughes and Dr. Roger Mann are serving their first term as appointed At-Large Members of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council for their respective states of New Jersey and Virginia. Both serve on several finfish and shellfish committees.

Recruitment Dynamics Development of an Age-Frequency Distribution for Ocean Quahogs (Arctica islandica) on Georges Bank

Ocean quahogs are a commercially important bivalve, inhabiting the continental shelf of the North Atlantic basin. Although considerable information exists on the growth and physiology of A. islandica, limited information is available regarding recruitment; accordingly sustainably managing the fishery is a challenge.

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J.J. Maguire Atlantic Mackerel Working Group Member

SCeMFiS Researcher, Jean-Jacques "J.J" Maguire, has been selected as part of the Atlantic Mackerel Working Group. The NRCC Stock Assessment Working Group Selection Committee has carefully chosen members for this committee based on their demonstrated expertise in stock assessment modeling, eligibility based on independence, and Working Group size and composition.

Black Sea Bass Report

Black Sea Bass Fishing

Black Sea Bass Working Group Reports and Appointments

"Contributions to the SAW2 Black Sea Bass Stock Assessment." The stock assessment concluded that the stock is well above the rebuilding target (not overfished), and overfishing is not occurring. The SAW62 assessment is a major scientific advancement for improving black sea bass fishery management.

Black Sea Bass Working Group Appointments

We are proud to announce that SCeMFiS researchers Dr. Steve Cadrin, UMass Dartmouth, and Dr. Robert Leaf, USM, have been appointed to the Black Sea Bass Working Group of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

PDT paper image Survey Research for Northeast HMAs

"Analysis of ancillary survey data and surfclam fishery tow data for the Georges Shoals Habitat Management Area on Georges Bank and the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area" is an analysis of surfclam dredging activities and potential impacts on complex habitat in these regions. The analysis is based on ancillary data collected by the NMFS-NEFSC1 clam survey and data on tow locations provided by vessels in the surfclam fishery.

GIS Data (zip), Layers (zip) and Files (.docx)

Large Quahog SCeMFiS Project Provides the Base for Successful NOAA SK Award

SCeMFiS funded work on the recruitment of the ocean quahog Arctic islandica provided the baseline for a successful request to NOAA’s Saltonstall Kennedy (SK) program for an expanded investigation of quahog recruitment dynamics in the Mid Atlantic and Georges Bank region.

Read more..

Monkfish catch statistics 2016 Draft Monkfish Operational Assessment and Review Notes

SCeMFiS researcher, Dr. Steve Cadrin, has been part of a working group for management recommendations. A draft of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center 2016 Monkfish Operational Assessment as well as Dr. Cadrin's review notes have been shared with the SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board for peer review.

Kelsey Kuykendall and Sara Pace Surfclam (Spisula solidissima) Management Strategy Evaluation

The first SCeMFiS-funded graduate student, Kelsey Kuykendall (photo left) graduated, December 2015. The goal of her Master's thesis, Management Strategy Evaluation for the Atlantic Surfclam (Spisula Solidissima), using a Fisheries Economics Model, was to identify a preferred management option that promotes enhanced surfclam productivity and increased fishery viability as indicated by improvement in performance metrics. Sara Pace (photo right) hopes to follow in Kelsey's footsteps by August 2017 as another SCeMFiS-funded graduate.

Identifying the Historical Footprint of the Surfclam Spisula solidissima and Habitat Relationships from a Long-Term Dataset of Death Assemblages and Sedimentology

Captains' response to a declining stock as anticipated in the surfclam (Spisula solidissima) fishery on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast by model evaluation

SCeMFiS Mission Statement

SCeMFiS uses academic, recreational, and commercial fisheries resources to address urgent scientific problems limiting sustainable fisheries,
.. provides academic research products essential for the sustainable management of shellfish and finfish resources, and
.. seeks to simultaneously achieve the goals of sustainable fish and shellfish stocks and sustainable fish and shellfish fisheries.


Fishing Fleet - GSSA Photo

Photo: Garden State Seafood Association