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Cambria hotel Fall SCeMFiS IAB Meeting, Middletown, RI, November 6-7, 2018

Fall in New England will be the setting of the next IAB Meeting to be held at the Cambria Hotels & Suites in Middletown, RI near the historic and elegant seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island.

- Preliminary travel document

- Hotel Registration Link

AFS Poster SCeMFiS: A Year in Review

Sara Pace presented the poster "SCeMFiS: A Year in Review" at the recent American Fisheries Society Meeting "Comunicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences, August 19-23, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

atlantic chub mackerel

Ocean quahog

Characterizing the Age Distribution of Two Forage Fish Species and Determining the Age of One of the Oldest Living Animals on Earth

Two articles highlighting SCeMFiS finfish and shellfish research were recently submitted to the National Science Foundation for World Ocean's Day - June 8.

Read more on finfish and shellfish research

surfclams Biological reference points for Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima) in warming seas

Atlantic surfclam are thermally sensitive, and the changes in their distribution track changes in maximum bottom temperature. Sessile species cannot emigrate and are limited to recruitment and mortality as mechanisms for redistribution in response to changing climate. Management of Atlantic surfclam should account for these challenges.

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jeff martin Update: A research experience for a high school marine science teacher

Are male and female summer flounder reaching the minimum landing size (MLS) at the same age in NJ? Is there a regional difference in age between male and female discards? Does the mean age of male and female discards change throughout the season?

Results Update: Something’s Fishy at Lower Cape May Regional High School

Preliminary research opportunities for a NJ high school teacher to answer questions and fill in a data gap.

Landings and effort Seven funded proposals at SCeMFiS Spring 2018 IAB Meeting

The Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) has allocated $196,142 in funding for seven research projects during the SCeMFiS Spring IAB Meeting held April 24-25, 2018 in D’Iberville, Mississippi.

- Press Release
- Meeting Agenda


Wind Energy: Survey Activities for the Empire Wind Offshore Lease, New York Bight - Scheduled March – July 2018

The Empire Wind site extends 14-30 miles south of Long Island, spanning 79,350 acres, in water depths between 65 and 131 feet. The offshore wind farm(s) may be developed and constructed in phases, subject to environmental, socio-economic, technical and commercial conditions and uses that are yet to be determined.

Nantucket Map The "East of Nantucket" Survey

Over the last year, two initiatives have focused on the absence of benthic survey data for a region east of Nantucket eastward to the Great South Channel, a portion of which is providing significant catch of Atlantic surfclams. This report addresses the survey issue.

SCeMFiS Video SCeMFiS Video - Shell/Otolith Aging - November 2017

What does SCeMFiS do and how does the research produced by the Center benefit industry partners? Find out in the short 4 minute video describing the shell aging project and its importance to fisheries management decisions.

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..

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)

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