- SCeMFiS: A Year in Review (2018) – Sara Pace
- SCeMFiS 2017 Timeline: A Year in Review – Kelsey Kuykendall
- I/UCRC 2017 Conference Poster – Eric Powell, Roger Mann, Kelsey Kuykendall, and Karen Reay
- SCEMFIS Establishes National Footprint in Fisheries Assessment and Survey Support Research – Kelsey Kuykendall
- 2015 SCeMFiS Research Highlights
- 2014 SCeMFiS Research Highlights
- SCeMFiS NSF Posters (Circles Green, Circles Pink)
- National Science Foundation Awards two Prestigious Research Internships to SCeMFiS Graduate Students – August 22, 2019
- SCeMFiS awards $164,000 in grants for Fisheries Research Projects – November 28, 2018
- SCeMFiS Allocates Funding for Seven Research Projects Impacting Fisheries Management – May 9, 2018, D’Iberville, MS
- SCeMFiS Announces Funding for Two Research Projects Impacting Fisheries Management – November 27, 2017
- Access to Surfclam (Spisula solidissima) Fishing Grounds Studied by SCeMFiS Scientists in Research Survey Cruise Southeast of Nantucket Island – August 11, 2017
- SCeMFiS Announces New Members: Intershell International Corporation and The Town Dock/Seafreeze, Ltd. – July 11, 2017
- SCeMFiS Announces Funding for Seven Research Projects Impacting Fisheries Management – June 12, 2017
- SCeMFiS Announces $200,000 for Fisheries Management Research on Mammals, Menhaden, Ocean Quahogs, Surf Clams – 2017
- Dameron-Kubiak Dredge Targets Juvenile Clams: Leads to More Sustainable Fisheries – 2016
- SCeMFiS Announces Funding for Four New Research Projects Impacting Fisheries Management – October 20, 2016
- Science Center for Marine Fisheries Collaborates With Independent Advisory Team (IAT) for Marine Mammal Assessments – February 24, 2015
- Science Center for Marine Fisheries Offers Stakeholders a Solution to the Difficult Task of Scientific Collaboration – February 24, 2015
- Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) Funds Nine Research Programs for 2014 – USM, May 21, 2014
- Governor appoints VIMS professor, alum to state advisory board: VIMS – September 4, 2013
- Science Center for Marine Fisheries holds first meeting at GCRL’s Cedar Point site: Article in the Mississippi Press – June 21, 2013
- USM’s new president gets first tour of Gulf Coast Research Lab: Story on WLOX – June 21, 2013
- SCeMFiS Meeting Press Release – June 28, 2013
- New public-private research center will help foster sustainable fisheries – VIMS – March 27, 2013
Software and Data
- R-package for survey design analysis – PC file, Unix file. This package contains all of the functions for stratified random surveys developed for NEFSC by Stephen Smith in 2006 plus functions for post-stratification and domain estimates. Documentation is available using the R help() facility available for all packages once the package is installed
- Generation of GIS layers for Nantucket and Georges Bank closed areas – GIS Data (zip), Layers (zip), Files (.docx) and ASCII Data. Space delimited ASCII with self explanatory headers. Each station represents the same area, given the domain of the survey (about 29.4 km2.)
Technologies and Techniques
Dameron-Kubiak Dredge: A fundamental challenge in marine benthic ecology and fishery assessment is to quantitatively collect small infaunal (within the sediment) target species that have non-uniform distribution and/or low mean density (number per unit area). Clams are a prime example of such a species. Previously available sampling gear was either grabs or cores that are limited in sample area and thus had high statistical probability of missing target species with low density; or lined dredges capable of covering large areas (integrating density) but with high retention of accompanying sediment and damage to the target species. The lined dredge also presented non-trivial challenges in deployment and retrieval in that a sediment-filled dredge can weigh several tons, thus challenging winches and creating the opportunity for marginal safety conditions for on-deck crew. SCeMFiS industry members designed and fabricated a research dredge with variable bar spacing (ability to change target size of species under examination) and in situ sample washing capability (wash sediment from the sample as it is collected on the sea floor). The dredge design was finalized between March and May 2014, fabricated in May-July 2014, and tested at sea in August 2014. The dredge performance exceeded expectations, providing high sample retention with little sample damage in a very safe and tractable operating environment. The dredge was tested on two fishery target species – surfclams and ocean quahogs – and proved to be comparable in retention efficiency to previously used lined dredges but with greater ease of use and far less retention of sediment. Increased retention also demonstrated heretofore undescribed localized high densities of pre-recruit-to-fishery-size clams – a positive demonstration of sustainable management success. The dredge was named the Dameron-Kubiak dredge after its designer (Captain T. Dameron) and lead fabricator (Mr. Kubiak) The new dredge was employed as a standard selectivity and juvenile survey dredge in the 2015 NEFSC survey and is anticipated to be a primary survey tool indefinitely into the future.
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 – Witness testimony from IAB member and former Chair, Jeff Kaelin, Government Relations, Lund’s Fisheries, Inc. Memorandum / HR_200 Kaelin testimony / J. Kaelin oral statement
Theses and Dissertations
- Daley, T. Growth and Reproduction of Atlantic Chub Mackerel (Scomber Colias) in the Northwest Atlantic. (2018) University of Southern Mississippi.
- Kuykendall, K. Management strategy evaluation for the Atlantic surfclam, Spisula solidissima, using a fisheries economics model. (2015). University of Southern Mississippi.
- Pace, S. Evidence of multidecadal recruitment in ocean quahogs (Arctica islandica) in the western Atlantic Ocean. (2017). University of Southern Mississippi.
- Timbs, J. Spatial Distribution and Stock-Recruitment Analysis of the Atlantic Surfclam, Spisula solidissima, in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and on Georges Bank. (2018) University of Southern Mississippi
- Quahog Processing, Cutting, Polish, and Aging – Process involved in preparing shells for age analysis. (2019)
- Summer NOAA/NMFS Cruise Aboard the F/V ESS Pursuit to Survey Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog. (2018)
- Shell and Otolith Aging – 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. (2017)