Research and Education in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystem Science

Donald Anderson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

NOAA’s need for trained personnel and new technologies in fisheries science is significant and
increasing. Dwindling fish stocks and associated economic impacts and heavy political pressures
within the Northeast region all dictate that immediate steps be taken to enhance the scientific
basis of assessment and management of resources, and to educate future NOAA personnel in
quantitative aspects of fisheries science. Here we propose a research and education program to
enhance teaching and advising activities and to develop and implement of new technologies that
can improve and enhance assessment and management capabilities in the region. This program
involves a partnership between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the
University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), and the
Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

The program will have two components, with considerable interaction between the two. The first
will be a series of rotating, competitive Fellow awards for WHOI scientists working in areas
relevant to the central theme of quantitative fisheries science. These would provide three to four
months of salary per year, with a duration of 3 years. The second involves a faculty position at
SMAST at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to conduct research and educational
activities related to stock assessment and quantitative fisheries science.
This program seeks to provide both the research tools and the trained personnel that are needed
to help address the challenge NOAA and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center face in moving
toward Integrated Ecosystem Assessments and Ecosystem Approaches to Management.