SMAST Professor Pingguo He [above in photo] has received a $205K award from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for "Avoiding Overfished Flounders: Testing of Low Seabed Impact of Semi-Pelagic Trawling Technology for Groundfish on the Georges Bank." The project will design and test trawling gear innovations to reduce seabed impact for the New England groundfish fishery, while significantly reducing the catch of the so-called “choke” species of flounder: yellowtail, winter and windowpane. Similar technology is successfully used in the North Pacific for Alaskan pollock and in Norway for Atlantic cod. The project is a collaborative initiative involving university and state scientists and contributors from the gear technology and fishing industries.
In a separate award, UMass Dartmouth Professor Amit Tandon [below in photo] (Mech. Eng./SMAST) has received $324K from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his part in collaborative research on the "Role of Mixed Layer Eddies on Phytoplankton Productivity in Seasonally Variable Regimes." The total award is for $1.1 million over four years, with the remainder supporting the research of collaborator Dr. Amala Mahadevan of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The investigators will contribute to outreach efforts, including teacher training and ocean literacy workshops through the Ocean Academy at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.
John Walden, an economist with NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, has been appointed to the Social Sciences Visiting Scholar position at SMAST. He is replacing Min-Yang Lee, who has returned full-time to his duties in Woods Hole. John has been on staff at the NEFSC since 1987.
Over the past 15 years, John has built an internationally recognized research program focused on measuring technical efficiency, capacity and productivity in commercial fisheries. He has developed research collaborations with faculty at a number of universities, as well as with the USDA Economic Research Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.
This summer, John organized fishery sessions at both the North American Productivity Workshop, and the Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference. Additionally, he led the national effort by NOAA Fisheries to measure capacity in commercial fisheries in response to a request from Congress, and more recently developed productivity metrics which were applied to U.S. catch share fisheries.
John will be co-teaching a class with Prof. Dan Georgianna in the spring semester. He also plans to develop a fully on-line course, offered through SMAST, on fisheries economics for policy decisions.
October 3, 2014
SMAST Prof. Emeritus Brian Rothschild has been invited to deliver the summary address at the Johan Hjort Symposium on Recruitment Dynamics and Stock Variability next week in Bergen, Norway.
Hjort is widely considered to be the father of fisheries science. The occasion for the symposium is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Hjort’s seminal book, Fluctuations in the Great Fisheries of Northern Europe.
According to the symposium organizers, “The importance of [Hjort’s] volume cannot be overstated, particularly Hjort’s new conceptual ideas about the formation of strong year classes based on age determination from fish scales.”
Dr. Rothschild is Professor Emeritis and former Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology. He has edited five books and is the author of 100+ research papers.
Dr. Rothschild has worked in several capacities for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has consulted for the United Nations and several national governments on various aspects of oceanography and fishery management. He has served on numerous national and international committees and working groups, and has led international scientific programs.
Dr. Rothschild is currently President and CEO of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries (CSF), a science-based, non-profit organization “devoted to the conservation of our fisheries resources and the economic development of our fishing communities.”
Marine Technology Reporter visited with a number of colleagues at the recent Oceans 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego conference, including SMAST Dean Steve Lohrenz.
Dean Lohrenz attended the conference to chair the Marine Education and Outreach session and to promote SMAST's new Professional Science Master’s in Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology.
Lohrenz noted that the new program was created in response "to a growing demand in education to provide mid-career professionals and other students with different education goals with an opportunity to advance their skills."
"This two-year, non-thesis master’s program blends the study of science and engineering with elective courses in management, policy, economics and law," he said, "and it provides a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The last semester of the program requires that the student obtain an internship in industry, government, nonprofit or academia."
Reprinted with permission from the October 2013 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: www.seadiscovery.com