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Opportunity at National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ecological and Economic Evaluation of Groundfish Harvest Management Strategies on the West Coast

Location

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.39.B7558 Seattle, WA 98115

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
McClure, Michelle Marie michelle.mcclure@noaa.gov 206.860.3402

Description

Fisheries management seeks sustainability in fish stocks and in economic yield. However, implementing management to achieve this goal requires biological, ecological, and socio-economic information about individual species; the habitats in which they occur; and the human communities that depend on those fisheries. The US Pacific coast groundfish fishery (e.g., rockfishes, hake, sablefish, skates) has recently been converted to a catch-share fishery and provides a unique opportunity to evaluate biological, ecological, and socio-economic impacts of this management change. In addition, the relationship between population dynamics and environmental or climatic factors for many species is poorly understood; characterizing these relationships will be an important component of improving our ability to manage these species in the long term.

Research projects in this opportunity include (1) investigation of climatic, environmental, and ecological drivers of population dynamics and species status for Pacific groundfish species; (2) evaluation of the impact of catch shares management on individual species abundance, distribution and diversity, and on ecosystem condition; (3) assesment of fishery impacts on groundfish habitat before and after implementation of catch shares management; and (4) evaluation of economic, community, or other social impacts on coastal communities due to alternative harvest management strategies and consequent ecological changes.

 

Keywords:
Management strategy evaluation; Catch shares; Rockfishes; Hake; Sablefish; Community impact; Habitat effects; Fishing distribution; Climate; Environmental effects; Fishing;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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