Research and Education in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystem Science

Donald M. Anderson, Principal Investigator, 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 to continue a research and education program to enhance teaching and advising activities and to develop and implement 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 months of salary per year, with a duration of three years. The second involves faculty positions 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 needed to address the challenge NOAA and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center face in moving toward Integrated Ecosystem Assessments and Ecosystem Approaches to Management while also maintaining stock assessments and other critical aspects of fisheries management.