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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.

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

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.

Read more on finfish and shellfish research

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.
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.

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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