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Hotel Annapolis Power Plant Meeting Room Save the Date: November 12-13 for the Fall SCeMFiS IAB Meeting at the Hotel Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland

Join us for the biannual SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board Meeting to discuss potential research related to commerical finfish and shellfish fishing interests.

SCeMFiS Student Emma McKee wins Science Awards

Emma McKee, a SCeMFiS project student and Chesapeake Bay Governors School Senior, wins Outstanding Presentation at the Annual Science Symposium for 2019. This award moved Emma on to eligibility for the Virginia Junior Academy of Science annual symposium where she won second place overall. She is excited to be attending William & Mary in the fall of 2019. Congratulations, Emma!

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Poster for Aging of Arctic islandica by Khalil Russell et al. Can We Discern Major Meterological and Environmental Events in the Growth Record of the Long Lived Clam Artica islandica?

Arctica islandica has proven to keep reliable records of daily fluctuations in growing conditions. These records are easiest to see in young specimens since the annuli are separated by the most space.

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menhaden fishery Science Center for Marine Fisheries Continues Work with New National Science Foundation Grant  

"The Phase 2 grant will enable SCeMFiS to continue to fund the groundbreaking research necessary to maintain healthy fish stocks and healthy fisheries at a time when reliance on the best available science is increasingly critical" states Center Director Dr. Eric Powell.

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Surfclam study Assessment of the Relationship of Stock and Recruitment in the Atlantic Surfclam Spisula solidissima in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean

New publication by recent SCeMFiS-funded graduate student, Jeremy Timbs, investigated the relationship of broodstock and recruitment during a period when Mid-Atlantic warming initiated a shelf-wide shift in the surfclams range. The study finds that factors besides spawning stock biomass (SSB) are primary determinants of recruitment success.

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Kuykendall document The effect of abundance changes on a management strategy evaluation for the Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima) using a spatially explicit, vessel based fisheries model

A management strategy evaluation (MSE) assessed the potential of rotational closures to improve surfclam productivity and fishery viability under three levels of abundance.

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Chase Long Chase Long, VIMS SCeMFiS-Funded Graduate Student, is Selected as 2019 Knauss Fellow

Master’s degree candidate M. Chase Long has been awarded a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to begin his Fellowship on February 1st, 2019.

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Offshore wind

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SCeMFiS awards $164,000 in grants for Fisheries Research Projects

Newly funded projects include: "The influence of global warming on the Atlantic surfclam and the ocean quahog"

"Ocean quahog population dynamics: validation of estimation procedures for an age-at-length key - supplement", and

"Oceanography special issue on the effects of wind energy development on fisheries and the ecology of the continental shelf."

Press Release

BOEM Wind Energy Habitat Mapping and Assessment of Northeast Wind Energy Areas

The U.S Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued leases in eight Wind Energy Areas (WEA) along the Northwest Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from Massachusetts to North Carolina, encompassing >7,000 square km of seafloor for offshore renewable energy (ORE) development.

surfclams An Overview of Factors Affecting Distribution of the Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima), a Continental Shelf Biomass Dominant, During a Period of Climate Change

This overview considers the components of the surfclam MSE, relevant results, and implications for management and policy. The lessons learned from the surfclam MSE provide a basis for applying similar approaches to other ecologically important species that are also commercially exploitable resources.

fishing mortality for herring Atlantic Herring 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment (65th Stock Assessment Workshop)

Steve Cadrin & J.J. Maguire have submitted a report for the 2018 Atlantic herring stock assessment. The SAW65 benchmark assessment produced a new stock assessment method that was accepted by the SARC peer review process. The new benchmark assessment indicates that the stock is not overfished, and overfishing is not occurring.

surfclam distribution Updated Nantucket Survey Presentation

Eric Powell presented an update of the East of Nantucket Survey which was presented at the PDT meeting September 2018. The presentation summarizes the effects of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation of temperature on oysters and clams.

- Growth and Longevity in Surfclams East of Nantucket - Powell & Mann, 2018

- Further Evaluation of the Relationship of Cobbles and Rocks to Surfclams - Powell, 2018

ESS Pursuit 2018 Cruise of the F/V ESS Pursuit

View a short video to see what it's like to work on the F/V ESS Pursuit during a survey of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. VIMS technician Theresa Redmond and William & Mary undergrad Khalil Russell share their experience.

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.

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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.

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Mean biomass in 100 year simulations 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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ny-wind-survey 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.

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