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NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT - ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION AND SOCIAL WITH DR. JOHN MANDERSON
New Bedford, MA
The New England district hosted a roundtable discussion and social event with a seminar by Dr. John Manderson from Open Ocean Research, who described the challenges and opportunities associated with incorporating Fishermen’s Ecological Knowledge into fisheries management and stock assessment. John’s seminar provided an excellent catalyst for the roundtable discussion, which centered around the value of collaborative research. During the group discussion, AIFRB members shared their perspectives on working with the fishing industry, including the benefits that can be derived by collaborating with fishermen, and the unique challenges that cooperative research can create. Some of the major themes that emerged from the discussion include:
As a best practice, graduate students should take the initiative to engage knowledgeable fishermen that target the species they are studying. Establishing a relationship with industry will provide students with valuable context for their research, and offer unique perspectives that may assist in the development of hypotheses and interpretation of results.
The greatest benefits of collaborative research are derived when the industry is consistently engaged in the science, from the design of the study through the interpretation of the results. Email can be an effective tool to sustain engagement with industry partners.
There is often a stigma surrounding collaborative research, which researchers can overcome by being transparent and publishing their results.
Even if the results of cooperative research are not used directly for stock assessment, it can help to investigate validity of the major model assumptions.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT - OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CEREMONY FOR DR. MARC MANGEL
Santa Cruz, CA
Dr. Marc Mangel was awarded our prestigious AIFRB Outstanding Achievement Award representing the scientific merit and broad-reaching impacts of his research. Dr. Mangel's research is focused on solving biological and ecological problems in ecosystem-based fishery management using mathematical models. His past graduate student, Dr. Suzanne Alonzo, introduced Dr. Mangel and Dr. Jarrod Santora gave a talk on Dr. Mangels recent research.
CAPITOL DISTRICT - ANNUAL CRAB FEAST
In collaboration with the AFS Potomac Chapter
The AIFRB Capitol District and the AFS Potomac Chapter sponsored a joint event --- All You Can Eat Crab Feast! The Crab Feast was a great way to mix and mingle with fisheries professionals from across the region, including students who wished to join our profession.
AIFRB SOCIAL AT AFS & WILDLIFE SOCIETY JOINT MEETING
AIFRB members and guests were invited to an evening of socializing with members, prospective members and fishery professionals. As one of the few national events, AIFRB members and prospective members from regional districts all over the country connected over fish-filled conversations and merry-making libations.