Gavin Fay

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography



School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 228


2000University of StirlingB.Sc.
2004University of WashingtonM.S.
2012University of WashingtonPh.D





This course will highlight the theory, issues, challenges, methods, and approaches for implementing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM). The course will examine the history and background of fisheries management, leading up to why more holistic considerations are being considered. A series of operational approaches, emphasizing a familiarity with technical efforts and models, will be explored as they are being used to implement EBFM. An examination of institutional structures and considerations will be executed to elucidate those situations where EBFM has been successful. The course will emphasize current literature and case studies as main learning elements.


Research Activities

  • Evaluating the performance of ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies
  • Stock assessment statistical methods development
  • Simulation testing of management, monitoring, and assessment procedures
  • Social-ecological ecosystem modeling and indicators for Integrated Ecosystem Assessment
  • Testing decision support tools for living marine resource management


Research Awards

  • $ 15,900.00 Investigating The Effects of Climate on Fishery Catch Rates of New England Groundfish

Select publications

Fay, G., G. DePiper, S. Steinback, R.J. Gamble, J.S. Link (2019).
Economic and ecosystem effects of fishing on the Northeast US shelf
Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:133, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.0.

Fay, G., J.S. Link, J.A. Hare (2017).
Assessing the effects of ocean acidification in the Northeast US using an end-to-end marine ecosystem model
Ecological Modelling, 347, 1-10.

Fay, G., J.S. Link, S.I. Large, and R.J. Gamble (2015).
Management performance of ecological indicators in the Georges Bank finfish fishery
ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, 1285-1296.

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