Brian Rothschild, a member of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts and an AIFRB fellow since 1995, was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the highly-respected trade journal National Fisherman. Some of Brian’s recent achievements are described in an article by Linc Bedrosian in the November 2012 issue of National Fisherman.
That article reads, in part, “Brian J. Rothschild is not afraid of a full plate. At 78, an age when most people have at least considered retirement, ... he continues to serve in the snowbelt as Montgomery Charter Professor of Marine Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology. ... Rothschild ... was hired to establish the UMass school, serving as its first dean from 1995 to 2006. But that’s just scratching the surface of a career that has spanned many aspects of marine science and management, beginning in 1953. ... Rothschild’s curriculum vitae speaks for itself—and loudly. Yet, for all those accomplishments, fishermen say he doesn’t put on airs. ... Talks with fishermen led Rothschild and UMass Dartmouth professor Keven Stokesbury to develop the system of counting scallops via underwater cameras that photographed their abundance in areas that had been closed to scalloping. ... That work led to the industry revival. ... With so many successes to his name, Rothschild shows no signs of slowing. He’s working with Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) to develop a task force to review stock assessments, and he wants to update [his book] “Dynamics of Marine Fish Populations.” Simply put, he enjoys his work. ‘The satisfaction is multifaceted,’ Rothschild says. ‘You’re discovering something nobody’s discovered before, and at the same time you’re helping people. You’re walking where nobody’s walked before.’”
Brian won the AIFRB Outstanding Achievement Award: Individual for 2004, and a lengthy account of his many achievements up to that time is published in the AIFRB Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 1.
by William Bayliff