Pingguo He

Pingguo He

Professor / Chairperson

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography




School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 127


1982Zhejiang Ocean UniversityB.Eng.
1987University of Aberdeen ScotlandPhD


  • Fish Behavior and Conservation Engineering
  • Conservation in World Marine Capture Fisheries




Research activities

  • Reducing bycatch and discards in New England Multispecies trawl fishery
  • Reducing bycatch in scallop fishery
  • Improving utilization of healthy fish stocks


Research awards

  • $ 396,311 awarded by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for Exploring the Connectivity Among Offshore Wind Turbines
  • $ 207,695 awarded by National Fish And Wildlife Foundation | AIS, INC for Integrating an Intelligent Discard Chute into New England Groundfish Electronic Monitoring (MA)
  • $ 505,446 awarded by Mayflower Wind for 2022 Mayflower Wind Trawl Survey
  • $ 92,404 awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Incorporating Image Recognition and Machine Learning into the NE Multispecies Groundfish Electronic Programs to Quantify Species and Sizes of Discards
  • $ 185,360 awarded by ORSTED for Pre-Coordination: Trawl Fisheries Monitoring for Revolution Wind 01 and Sunrise Wind 01 Offshore Wind Farms


Research interests

  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Fish behavior near fishing gear
  • Environmentally friendly fishing gear design
  • Evaluating and reducing fishing impact

Select publications

  • He, P. (2010).
    Behavior of Marine Fishes: Capture Process and Conservation Challenges
  • O’Connell, C. P., S.Y. Hyun, S.H. Gruber, and P. He (2015).
    Effects of barium-ferrite permanent magnets on great hammerhead shark Sphyrna mokarran behavior and implications for future conservation technologies
    Endangered Species Research, 26, 243-256.
  • He, P., C. Rillahan and V. Balzano (2015).
    Reduced Herding of Flounders by Floating Bridles: Application in Gulf of Maine Northern Shrimp Trawls to Reduce Bycatch
    ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 72, 1514-1524.

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