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Scallop Researcher

The Marine Advisory Services at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the Scallop Researcher.  The Scallop Researcher, reporting to the Assistant Research Professor/Director, Marine Advisory Program will support at-sea survey cruises, and play a leading role in the inventory and procurement of all necessary supplies and equipment for the research cruises. The position is also charged with ensuring that these items are successfully transferred to the commercial fishing vessels (docked at New Bedford, MA, Cape May, NJ or Seaford, VA) and properly stowed/configured as appropriate.  There are many other exciting job responsibilities included. Please refer to the job link for more information!

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Celebrating the life of Richard "Dick" Schaefer (1935 - 2019) 

With great sadness we share the news of Dick Schaefer's passing back in November 2019.

Dick was a prominent fisheries scientist, earning both his BS and MS in fisheries science at Rutgers University. He worked for the US Army, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, and NMFS. During his career, he advocated for proper management of recreational fisheries and his efforts contributed to the successful recovery of striped bass. Under his leadership, NOAA expanded its recreational fisheries program to the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. Dick joined AIFRB in 1971 and was the president from 2003 to 2004 during which he improved AIFRB membership and increased the visibility of AIFRB within the fisheries profession. If you would like to read his full obituary, please follow this link  

Congratulations to the W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award Winners!

2017 Best Paper - Robert Mollenhauer, Oklahoma State University

Mollenhauer, R., Mouser, J.B., and S.K. Brewer. 2017(2018). Sampling the stream landscape: Improving the applicability of an eco-region level capture probability model for stream fishes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75:1614-1625. First published on-line at on 18 Dec 2017


2018 Best Paper - Cheryl L Barnes, University of Alaska

Barnes, CL, AH Beaudreau, ME Hunsicker, and L Ciannelli. 2018. Assessing the potential for competition between Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and Arrowtooth Flounder (Atheresthes stomias) in the Gulf of Alaska. PLoS ONE. 13(12).

CONGRATULATIONS! 2019 Group Outstanding Achievement Award


The Gills Club

The Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize sustained contributions of significant publications, exceptional service to the fishery profession, outstanding teaching or training programs, important discoveries or inventions and significant contributions to the advancement of fishery science. Our recipient, The Gills Club, is the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world, sharing knowledge, and inspiring ocean research and conservation, with a focus on sharks. Great work! 

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