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ny-wind-survey Wind Energy: Survey Activities for the Empire Wind Offshore Lease, New York Bight

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.

Related Info: Fisheries Survival Fund video: wind development and fisheries in the UK

Hotel Annapolis Power Plant Meeting Room Save the Date, April 28-29, 2020, Spring SCeMFiS IAB Meeting at Homewood Suites, New Orleans

Join us for the biannual SCeMFiS Industry Advisory Board Meeting to discuss potential research related to commercial finfish and shellfish fishing interests. The IAB Meeting will be held at the Homewood Suites French Quarter.

Hotel Phone Number: 504-930-4494, select 1 for reservation, Group Code: SCM, Arrival Date: 4/27/2020, Departure Date: 4/30/2020

Leanne Poussard, Wins Knauss Fellowship Award

Congratulations to SCeMFiS-funded graduate student Leanne Poussard, University of Southern Mississippi for winning a Knauss Fellowship beginning in 2020. Leanne will have the opportunity to work with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program focusing on coral restoration policy and supporting the Coral Reef Task Force. She will also further NOAA's mission in coral conservation by working with state and territory partners to understand the local threats to corals and how best to improve coral health. 

NSF Awards Two Prestigious Research Internships to SCeMFiS Graduate Students

SCeMFiS is proud to announce that two of our graduate students, Laura Solinger and Kathleen Hemeon, have been awarded non-academic research internships with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The internships, valued at about $45,000 each, will support each student for a 6-month position at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, MA. There they will be working on surfclam and ocean quahog research, two of the most valuable shellfish fisheries in the U.S.

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Welcome to VIMS Alexis Hollander

Alexis Hollander is an incoming graduate student from Portage Wisconsin in Dr. Roger Mann's lab. She was impressed with the opportunity for industry partnerships and the chance to work directly with finfish and shellfish industry members. For her master’s thesis, Alexis will be aging surfclams to determine where and when they grew and the impacts of temperature change on the growth of clams.

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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 Arctica 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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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."

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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.

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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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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