SMAST awarded $302,091 for sea scallop research

High-resolution drop camera survey developed by Dr. Kevin Stokesbury and his team will be used for series of collaborative projects that will address research priorities established by New England Fishery Management Council.

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, UMass Dartmouth Professor of Fisheries Oceanography.

NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) have announced that three collaborative projects being led by Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, Professor of Fisheries Oceanography at UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), have been selected for funding through the 2018-2019 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) program.

According to the NOAA/NEFMC press release, projects will address research priorities established by the NEFMC, with a particular focus on resource surveys. Stokesbury, UMass Dartmouth Professor of Fisheries Oceanography Dr. N. David Bethoney of SMAST, and members of the Marine Fisheries Field Research Group will conduct surveys using a drop-camera array. Through these awards, the team plans to conduct high-resolution surveys of the Nantucket Lightship, Closed Area I, Great South Channel, and select portions of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area.

Project summaries and award amounts

Tracking scallop aggregations in Closed Area I and Great South Channel

33,626 lb. scallops | est. value: $353,073 | research cost: $84,065

Examining the scallop population and habitat in select portions of the Gulf of Maine

48,922 lb. scallops | est. value: $513,680 | research cost: $122,305

Examining sea stars dynamics in extremely dense scallop beds of the Nantucket Lightship

38,288 lb. scallops | est. value: $402,027 | research cost: $95,721

About the RSA program

The NEFMC established the sea scallop RSA program to address research questions that support management of the sea scallop resource. The Council sets the research priorities and researchers compete for funding through a federal grant competition managed by NOAA Fisheries. Federal funds are not provided to support the research.

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