Here are the abstracts for the SNEC 50th Meeting. Abstracts are listed alphabetically by first author and are separated by oral and poster presentations. Entries marked with an asterik indicate a student presenter.
NOTE: the following restaurants are offering dining discounts or specials to conference attendees showing proof of registration (ID badge or registration receipt):
Directions: Turn right out of parking lot entrance onto Clara Drive. Proceed straight at light and turn left into the Village for most of these restaurants; Go Fish is on periphery with others located within the Village or take a left onto Coogan Boulevard and enter a second Village entrance on your right hand side (use for Steak Loft). See map here. (village map numbers are given below for each restaurant). Travel Time: ~2-5 minutes on foot
Go Fish: Map #22 This restaurant nearby the Hilton will be closed for renovations during the meeting.
Steak Loft: Map #24. Steaks, American. $$-$$$ (860) 536-2661
Lounge: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm and Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm
Dining Room: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch, 4:30-9:30pm for Dinner
Jealous Monk: May not yet be shown on Village map – in location #20. Beer Garden/Craft Beers, American, Sports Bar. $$ (860) 536-6665
Pink Basil: Map #3b. Various Asian, Sushi. $$ (860) 245-4658
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-10pm
Bleu Squid: Map #12d. Sandwiches, Soup, Bakery, Cheeses. $ (860) 536-6343
Mango’s Wood-fired Pizza Co.: Map #8e. Pizza, Salads, Craft Beers. $$ (860) 572-0600
Sun-Thur 11:30am–8pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-9pm
Vault Coffee Roasters: Map #7b. Coffee, Bakery. $ (860) 415-5045
Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Directions: Located directly across the street from the main entrance to the hotel parking lot. Travel Time ~ 2 minutes on foot
Starbucks: Coffee, Pastries, Sandwiches. $ (860) 536-9454
Five Guys Burgers & Fries: Burgers. $ (860) 572-1500
Johnny’s Peking Tokyo: Asian Fusion. $$ (860) 572-9991
Mon–Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
Directions: Turn left out of parking lot entrance onto Clara Drive. Small shopping center located on right with lower and upper entrances. Travel Time: ~ 3-5 minutes on foot
McQuade’s Market: (upper portion of center). Burgers, Sandwiches, Food Market, Pharmacy. (860) 536-2054
Caskn’ Keg: (lower portion of center). Package store (beers, wines, and liquors). (860) 536-8708
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Directions: Take a right out of hotel entrance on Clara drive. At the stop light take a left onto Coogan Boulevard. Follow other directions as indicated. Travel Time ~ 3-5 minutes by car, longer by foot
Mystic Boat House: 8 Coogan Blvd. American. $$-$$$ (860) 572-1180
Sun- Thurs 11:30am- 9pm; Fri & Sat 11:30am- 10pm
McDonald’s: Corner of Coogan Boulevard and Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27). Burgers, Breakfast. $ (860) 536-9123
Mystic Diner & Restaurant: Go straight across at stop light at end of Coogan Boulevard. American Diner, Breakfast. $-$$ (860) 415-4625
Sun-Thur 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm
Friendly’s: Go straight across at stop light at end of Coogan Boulevard. American Diner, Breakfast, Ice Cream. $-$$ (860) 536-3909
Frank’s Gourmet Grill: 56 Whitehall Avenue (CT 27) – drive strongly recommended. Turn right at end of Coogan Boulevard onto Greenmanville Avenue, which becomes Whitehall Avenue. Go past I-95 entrance (stay in left lane) and then look for restaurant on right side in plaza with other businesses. American, Mediterranean. $$-$$$ (860) 415-4666
Lunch Daily 11am-3pm, Dinner Daily 4:30pm-10pm
Directions: Take a right out of hotel entrance on Clara Drive. At the stop light take a left onto Coogan Boulevard. Make a left at light onto Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27). Take the third right onto Holmes Street (no light). Follow other directions as indicated. Travel Time ~ 7-10 minutes
S & P Oyster Company: 1 Holmes Street. Seafood, Bar. $$-$$$ (860) 536-2674
Sun-Thur 11:30am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-10pm. Reservations Recommended.
Anthony J’s Bistro: 6 Holmes Street. On street parking necessary. Italian, American. $$-$$$ (860) 536-0448
The Engine Room: 14 Holmes Street. Small parking lot in front, larger one in back. American, Pub, Burgers, Craft Beers. $$ (860) 415-8117
Mon & Thurs 12pm-10pm, Tues & Wed 4pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, and Sun 10am-3pm (brunch) & 4pm-10pm (dinner)
Red 36: 2 Washington Street, but see the following directions. At stop sign at end of Holmes Strret go across the intersection (slight jog to right) onto Cottrell Street and then take left onto Washington Street. Need to turn right onto Willow Street and pass through a boatyard to access restaurant located on riverside. American, Seafood. $$-$$$ (860) 536-3604
Tues-Fri 11:30am-9:30pm & Fri-Sun 11:30am-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Bravo Bravo: 20 East Main Street. At stop sign at end of Holmes Street take a left onto East Main Street (US 1); restaurant is immediately on the right. Italian. $$-$$$ (860) 536-3228
Lunch Tues-Sat 11:30am-2pm, Dinner Tues-Thurs & Sun 5-9pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm. Closed Mondays. Reservations Recommended.
Harbour House Restaurant & Bar: 3 Williams Avenue. Stay on Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27), which becomes Denison Avenue. Turn left onto Williams Avenue (US 1); restaurant is on right. Seafood $$-$$$ (860) 536-8144
Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, Dinner Daily 4-10pm
A Taste of India: 35A Williams Avenue. Stay on Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27), which becomes Denison Avenue. Turn left onto Williams Avenue (US 1); restaurant is on left. Indian. $$ (860) 536-8485
Lunch Daily 11am-2pm, Dinner Daily 4-10pm
Mezza (formerly The Pita Spot): 45 Williams Avenue. Follow above directions for A Taste of India. Mediterranean, Lebanese. $$ (860) 415-4656
Daily 11:30am-3pm and 5-8:30pm. [Note: might be closed on Mondays – check if interested].
MBAR: 30 Broadway Avenue. Stay on Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27), which becomes Denison Avenue. Turn right onto Roosevelt Avenue (US 1 S). Roosevelt Avenue becomes Broadway; restaurant is on left. Wine Bar, Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast. $$ (860) 245-4499
Breakfast & Lunch Daily 7am-3pm, Wine bar/small plates 4pm-Closing Wed-Sun
Note: open only for breakfast on Monday & Tuesday during dates of the conference
Directions: Take a right out of hotel entrance on Clara Drive. At the stop light take a left onto Coogan Boulevard. Make a left at light onto Greenmanville Avenue (CT 27). Take the third right onto Holmes Street. At stop sign at end of Holmes Street take a right onto US 1 (West Main Street) and go across the bridge. Follow other directions as indicated. Travel Time ~ 8-12 minutes by car
Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream: 2 W. Main Street; on right just over the bridge. Ice Cream, Sandwiches, Salads. $ (860) 572-7978
Sun-Thur 11am-7pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm
Ancient Mariner: 21 W. Main Street, on left just over the bridge. American, Italian, Pub $$-$$$ (860) 536-5200
Mystic Pizza: 56 West Main Street, near Water Street intersection. Pizza. $$ (860) 536-3700
Daily 10am-10pm, Delivery Hours 4-10pm
Pizzetta: 7 Water Street. Take the first left off West Main Street onto Water Street. Restaurant is a few buildings down on left. Note: onstreet parking is limited, may have to park on side streets or in paid lot. Pizza, Sandwiches. $$ (860) 536-4443
Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant: 12 Water Street. Take the first left off West Main Street onto Water Street. Restaurant is a few buildings down on right. Note: onstreet parking is limited, may have to park on side streets or in paid lot. Mexican, Bar. $$ (860) 536-4589
Mon-Fri 4-10pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am-11pm
Voodoo Grill: 12 Water Street. Take the first left off West Main Street onto Water Street. Restaurant is a few buildings down on right. Note: onstreet parking is limited, may have to park on side streets or in paid lot. American, Cajun/Creole, Bar. $$ (860) 5726-4472
Sun- Mon 12-10pm, Tue-Wed 11:30am-10:30pm, Thur 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am
The Oyster Club: 13 Water Street. Take the first left off West Main Street onto Water Street. Restaurant is few buildings down on left. Note: onstreet parking is limited, may have to park on side streets or in paid lot. American. $$$ (860) 415-9266
Lunch Fri 12-2pm & Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner 5-9pm Sun-Thur & 5-10pm Fri & Sat.
Closed Tuesdays. Reservations Recommended.
Captain Daniel Packer Inne: 32 Water Street. Take the first left off West Main Street onto Water Street. Continue for two blocks (approx. 0.2 mile). Bear left when you see an island in the road. The restaurant is on the right side of the street across from a marina. Parking is in the back of the restaurant, but has limited space. American. $$-$$$ (860) 536-3555
Lunch Daily 11am-4pm in the tavern, Dinner Daily 5-10pm. Reservations Recommended.
Harp & Hound Pub: 4 Pearl Street. Take the second right off West Main Street onto Pearl Street; restaurant is immediately on the right. Irish, Pub, Bar. $$ (860) 572-7778
Mon-Thur 11:30am-1am, Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-1am
Dr. Richard McBride, NOAA Fisheries Service
Dr. Syma Ebbin, Research Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant
Dr. Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator, DOI Northeast Climate Center
This is a two-part workshop. First Dr. McBride will talk about how to effectively write a scientific paper. He will explain that you do not necessarily write a scientific paper the way you read it. If you want to know more, you need to attend! Dr. McBride will then present on how to review a scientific manuscript or proposal with a critical eye. This is a skill not often taught and is essential for any grad student or science professional. The second part of the workshop will focus on grant writing. Dr. Ebbin and Dr. Staudinger will present an introduction to grant writing for new researchers. This will be an interactive presentation and include a discussion of the different grants available and a review of the grant writing process from soup to nuts.
|Agenda||Sunday, February 26th|
|12:00 – 1:00||Registration|
|1:00 – 1:10||Introductions and Opening Remarks|
|1:10 – 2:00||Scientific Writing: Dr. Richard McBride|
|2:00 – 2:10||Break|
|2:10 – 3:00||Scientific Reviewing: Dr. Richard McBride|
|3:00 – 3:10||Break|
|3:10 – 4:40||Introduction to Grant Writing for a New Researcher: Dr. Michelle Staudinger and Dr. Syma Ebbin|
|4:40 – 5:00||Wrap up, questions, comments, and feedback|
|6:00 – 9:00||Workshop participants are invited to stay for the Welcome Social!|
Presenters and Panellists:
Dr. Steve Cadrin, UMASS Dartmouth School for Marine Science (SMAST)
Dr. Katie Kennedy, The Nature Conservancy
Mr. Fred Mattera, President of the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation
The workshop will have two components. The first will be a short series of presentations to introduce the subject of Adaptive Fisheries Management and explain how it is currently being practiced. This material is intended to provide workshop participants with practical knowledge that they will then apply during the second part of the workshop. After the presentations, a current management topic will be introduced. The presenters will walk through the process of how adaptive management was used and how stakeholders were engaged in the process. Participants will then break up into groups to discuss and practice key adaptive management skills, including how to identify management goals, develop a monitoring plan, and “close the loop” of adaptive management. The goal is to encourage participants to adopt a different way of thinking while working through the steps they would take to address a certain management issue. Participants with practical management experience should come prepared to discuss application of learned practices in the context of their own work.
|Agenda||Sunday, February 26th|
|12:00 – 1:00||Registration|
|1:00 – 1:15||Introductions and opening remarks|
|1:15 – 2:15||Principles and Practice of Adaptive Fisheries Resource Management: presentations by Dr. Katie Kennedy and Dr. Steve Cadrin|
|2:15 – 2:30||Break|
|2:30 – 3:00||Introduce a scenario: Nantucket Lightship Closed Area: why hasn't it been effective from both a management and stakeholder perspective? Mr. Fred Mattera will offer his insights|
|3:00 – 4:30||Break into groups to discuss one or more management contexts. Potential topics could include forage fish management, hydropower flow management, and/or how to incorporate potential effects of climate change|
|4:30 – 5:00||Wrap-up, questions, comments, and feedback|
|6:00 – 9:00||Workshop participants are invited to stay for the Welcome Social!|
If you are registered to attend the Joint SNEC 50/NED conference, please consider furthering your participation and enjoyment– sign up to be a volunteer judge for the Best Student Presentation Awards! The awards for Best Student Presentation will be combined from both divisions this year; we have 18 oral presentations and 13 poster presentations in the competition. We are in need of volunteer judges for both oral and poster presentations, both days of the conference. Volunteers may contact Molly Payne Wynne ( firstname.lastname@example.org; 20
This workshop will focus on: What is adaptive fisheries management? Why is it relevant today? How is it practiced? How to we get stakeholders to buy in? We have three excellent speakers with extensive experience with marine and freshwater fisheries and fisheries management who will lead this workshop.
Dr. Katie Kennedy from the Nature Conservancy will present: Principles and Practice of Adaptive Fisheries Resource Management Topics that will be included in her presentation:
What is adaptive management? What is it not? Why do we need adaptive management? What makes it so hard? Who should play a role in adaptive management?
Dr. Steve Cadrin from the University of Massachusetts SMAST will present: Adaptive Management in Marine Capture Fisheries. He will follow up on Dr. Kennedy’s introduction of the topic. Topics included in his presentation:
Current management practices; Adaptive management; Review of Walters 1986; Management Strategy Evaluations (MSE) and how they are used in different fisheries; What role different stakeholders have in MSEs.
Mr. Fred Mattera has been in the fishing industry for over 40 years and currently serves as the Vice President of the Commercial Fishermen’s Research Foundation. He will present: A Stakeholders’ Perspective. Topics included in his presentation:
Insights on how to get stakeholder buy-in for adaptive fisheries management.
This workshop continues on the communication theme SNEC has been building on over the past few years. Topics included in this workshop will be on Scientific Writing, Scientific Reviewing, and another section focused on Grant Writing.
Dr. Richard McBride from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center will present on Scientific Writing:
This presentation will let you in on a poorly-kept secret: the way scientists should write a scientific paper differs from the way most individuals will read the paper, and neither follows the order of sections appearing in the final print version. Learn how to harness the power that exists in every section, paragraph, sentence, word, and punctuation mark, while making your science shine.
Dr. McBride will also present on Scientific Reviewing:
Can you tell the difference between truth and truthiness? Can you help the editor spot an unnecessary table or an extraneous paragraph? And how do you really feel about the split infinitive (or beginning a sentence with a conjunction, for that matter)? This presentation will outline what to look for when reviewing a manuscript or proposal, and how to provide constructive criticism to an editor, author, or funding review panel.
Dr. Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator, DOI Northeast Climate Science Center and Dr. Syma Ebbin, Research Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant, will give presentations about grant writing, Topics included in this section:
How to look for RFPs (and the different types); Communication with funding point persons; The application writing process; Reporting requirements after you receive the grant; Thoughts from the perspective of application reviewer; How to, and pros and cons of applying for funding with a group of researchers
Calling all students!
Don’t forget to submit your abstract for a chance of winning the joint SNEC-NED student presentation award!
Submit your abstract here!
Guess who’s turning 50?
The Southern New England Chapter!
In celebration we will be holding a two-day meeting in conjunction with the Northeast Division at the Hilton Mystic. Please save the dates February 26 – 28. Details to follow soon!
The Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of the American Fisheries Society held their Summer Science Meeting on June 16th. The meeting was held at the picturesque Save the Bay Center located on the campus of Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. Over seventy people gathered to hear a range of talks including presentations on Salmon tracking using satellite pop-up tags, blue-crab foraging impacts on Winter Flounder in New England waters, development of a spawning stock biomass estimate for Atlantic Mackerel, and the effects of culverts on the genetic structure of Brook Trout. The afternoon was highlighted by a keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Auster from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Auster spoke on the challenges in fisheries management that arise from the complex nature of marine habitats and the scales on which ecological processes act compared to the scale at which they are sampled. Of the ten presentations, five were performed by students vying for the Saul B. Saila Best Student Presentation award. Lucas Nathan from the University of Connecticut won with his presentation entitled “Evaluating the effects of culverts on fine scale genetic structuring of Brook Trout”.
In addition to the presentations, the chapter also held their annual business meeting. The business meeting was highlighted by the presentation of the SNEC professional awards. Dr. David Taylor was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his service to the chapter’s Board of Directors specifically his role as the Program Chair and organizing the chapter’s Rhode Island meetings. William Duffy was presented with the Irwin Alperin Membership Service Award for organizing several workshops and an extended stay on the executive committee. The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) was recognized with the Outstanding Organization Award for their dedicated work with fishermen and fisheries science. The chapter also presented Special Recognition Awards to Dr. Richard McBride and Dr. Cate O’Keefe for their efforts in the Communicating Science Workshop held in March. In addition to the professional awards, Mathew Devine and Meghna Marjadi received the Grace Klein-MacPhee Best Student Poster Award and Saul B. Saila Best Student Presentation Award respectively for their presentations at the Winter Science Meeting. Lucas Nathan also received the SNEC Student Travel Award to help offset the cost of attending the National AFS meeting in Kansas City.
The two big developments from the business meeting were the acceptance of proposed by-law changes that allowed for the inclusion of a new University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Sub-Unit and the announcement of a two day 50th Anniversary SNEC meeting next year. The UMass sub-unit is the second student group to join SNEC, the other being the University of Connecticut. The 50th Anniversary meeting will be held in Mystic, CT, February 27-28, 2017, in conjunction with the Northeast Division of AFS. Further details will be disseminated via the SNEC website as they become available.
The business meeting concluded with the installation of the new executive committee. Glenn Chamberlain ascended to past-president as Steve Dwyer assumes the role of president. The gavel was passed by former past-president Heidi Fitzpatrick whose term on the executive committee is now over. Dr. Eric Schultz moved from Secretary/Treasurer to President-elect and announced the election of the new secretary/treasurer, Dr. Sara Turner.
SNEC would like to thank all those who attended the meeting and look forward to seeing everyone at the 50th Anniversary meeting in February.