October 20 at 2PM SNEC/NED Diversity Equity and Inclusion Discussion Group

Please join us for the next AFS/NED SNEC DEI Discussion – Thursday, October 20 at 2PM
Topic:  Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Discussion Facilitator: Abigail Archer, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant
Check the AFS SNEC or NED listserv emails for the Zoom link, or email [email protected]

A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Native Governance Center

Boston City Council Offers Land Acknowledgement

The Upstander Project

Rethinking Land Acknowledgements  December 20, 2021 Anthropology News https://www.anthropology-news.org/articles/rethinking-land-acknowledgments/#:~:text=Even%20more%20troubling%2C%20land%20acknowledgments,for%20Indigenous%20peoples%20and%20nations.

Discussion Questions

What are your experiences with Land Acknowledgements? For example, have you attended meetings where an Acknowledgement is given? Have you ever worked on crafting one for your school or organization? Do you give an Acknowledgement before you give presentations?

Did any of these readings cause you to change or reconsider your opinions about Land Acknowledgements?

What kind of statement do you think SNEC and NED should make at the beginning of the upcoming January 8-10 meeting?  What actions could SNEC & NED take to forge connections with the State and Federally recognized Tribes in the Boston area?

Message from SNEC President Aubrey Ellertson

SNEC President’s Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am humbled and privileged to assume the role of President of SNEC. I am grateful to my predecessor, Christopher McDowell for his leadership and contributions to SNEC during his presidency, and the members of the Executive Committee and Board. I have been inspired by their commitment to SNEC and all of their achievements and I look forward to continuing the chapter’s work by encouraging the exchange of information by members of the Society.

I recognize that times have been challenging on us all, as we continue to navigate a world surrounded by COVID and subvariants, and for some, adjusting to a return to office work policy. I hope you and your families continue to stay safe, well and healthy! This June provided a sense of relief and normalcy for our chapter, with our first SNEC in person summer meeting in over 2 years! This meeting had excellent presentations that highlighted current research being done throughout the region, and provided an opportunity to network and connect in person with each other. Thank you to those in attendance!

For many of us, spring and summer is an exciting time. It is the start of field season, and a chance for us to leave our homes and offices for more exciting work on the water or in the field! This spring, for me, involved leading a gillnet offshore wind fisheries monitoring survey south of Rhode Island. Working with commercial fishermen, we set large-mesh gillnets from April-June to capture monkfish and winter skate. This sampling is conducted to assess the seasonal abundance, and distribution of monkfish and winter skate for two years prior to construction and installation of offshore wind turbines. Living on Cape Cod is always a busy time especially during the summer! For most, summers on Cape Cod mean lots of beach days and sunshine, family vacations, boat rides, ferries to the Vineyard, looking for great white sharks, lobster rolls, and a whole heck of traffic! But for me, it means spending time with friends and family, kayak fishing for scup, seabass and striped bass, supporting local businesses, eating ice cream, and filling my belly with seasonal and local seafood! I hope you each have a wonderful and safe summer, and I encourage you to stop and enjoy the diversity of local seafood that is available this time of year.

In closing, I hope as President I will continue to support and encourage participation from fishery stakeholders at our meetings, and give them a space to share their wisdom and background on various fisheries related issues, so that as scientists we can work together towards more sustainable and effective solutions. In addition, I hope to continue DEI efforts currently underway by the chapter and national society to create a more inclusive community for our membership. Feel free to reach out to me, the Executive Committee, or Board of Directors if you have ideas or would like to get involved.

Aubrey Ellertson President, Southern New England Chapter of AFS

AFS SNEC DEI Discussion September 15 at 2PM

Please join us for the next AFS/NED SNEC DEI Discussion – Thursday, September 15 at 2PM
For the link please check your emails from the SNEC listserv, or email [email protected]

Topic:  Allyship in fisheries science workspaces

Discussion Facilitator: Harvey Walsh, SNEC Board of Directors Member, and Lead for the Ecosystem Monitoring Program in the Oceans and Climate Branch of NOAA, NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

What is the difference between allyship and mentorship?

In the context of the workplace, allyship refers to support and advocacy for colleagues from underrepresented groups, including LGBTQ+, women, the differently-abled and people of color. Mentorship often focuses on strengthening workplace relationships centered on career progression, and allyship can function similarly.

Please watch and read the resources below:

3 Myths About Allyship—and What Research Says Instead

3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

Ally-Up! Practice Effective Allyship https://snec.fisheries.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Ally-up-Practice-Effective-Allyship.pdf

Sue, D. W., Alsaidi, S., Awad, M. N., Glaeser, E., Calle, C. Z., & Mendez, N. (2019). Disarming racial microaggressions: Microintervention strategies for targets, White allies, and bystanders.American Psychologist, 74(1), 128–142. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000296

Discussion Questions

– Did you find these resources helpful?

– Have you received training in allyship through your employer/ University?

– If you’re comfortable sharing with the group, have you acted as an ally to a colleague? Has a colleague acted as an ally to you? What was the setting? What worked and what did not work?

AFS SNEC DEI Discussion August 11 at 2PM

Please join us for the next AFS/NED SNEC DEI Discussion – Thursday, August 11 at 2PM
For the Zoom link please check your emails from the SNEC listserv, or email [email protected]

Topic:  Bystander Training in Fisheries Science: Promoting Respect and Equality in the Workplace

Discussion Facilitator: Aubrey Ellertson, SNEC President, and Research Biologist, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Please watch and read the resources below:

  1. Module 1: Shipboard Civility- Fostering a Respectful Work Environment at Sea (10:27 min)
  • Module II: Approaches for Productive Interactions At Sea (11:28 min)
  • Clancy, K.B.H., Nelson, R., Rutherford, J.N., and Katie Hinde. 2014. Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault



Little is known about the climate of the scientific fieldwork setting as it relates to gendered experiences, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. We conducted an internet-based survey of field scientists (N = 666) to characterize these experiences. Codes of conduct and sexual harassment policies were not regularly encountered by respondents, while harassment and assault were commonly experienced by respondents during trainee career stages. Women trainees were the primary targets; their perpetrators were predominantly senior to them professionally within the research team. Male trainees were more often targeted by their peers at the research site. Few respondents were aware of mechanisms to report incidents; most who did report were unsatisfied with the outcome. These findings suggest that policies emphasizing safety, inclusivity, and collegiality have the potential to improve field experiences of a diversity of researchers, especially during early career stages. These include better awareness of mechanisms for direct and oblique reporting of harassment and assault and, the implementation of productive response mechanisms when such behaviors are reported. Principal investigators are particularly well positioned to influence workplace culture at their field sites.

Additional Resources:



Discussion Questions:

-If you’re comfortable sharing with the group, what is one thing you learned from these resources?

-What are some examples of bystander or conflict resolution trainings you have been a part of either through employment or other work?

-What can we learn from the above and apply to our own professional spaces to give individuals access to a fisheries profession-relevant bystander training that applies more closely to their work or field work? 

-Are there scenarios that you think are important to be discussed and included in a training?

-What are ways that SNEC/AFS help develop a bystander training that will be applicable and relevant in today’s society?

AFS SNEC Diversity Equity & Inclusion Discussion July 21 at 2PM

Please join us for the next AFS/NED SNEC DEI Discussion – Thursday, July 21 at 2PM
For the Zoom link please check your emails from the SNEC listserv, or email [email protected]

Topic: Unpaid Internships, Financial Disparity, and Barriers to Entry and Diversity in Marine and Fisheries Science
Discussion Facilitator: Owen Nichols, SNEC Past-President, and Director, Marine Fisheries Research at Center for Coastal Studies

Please listen to the podcast and read the resources below:





Discussion Questions:

-If you’re comfortable sharing with the group, what is one thing you learned from these resources?
-What are some examples of paid internships and other early career opportunities that address financial disparity and diversity? 
-What can we learn from the above and apply to our own professional spaces? To SNEC/AFS activities?

AFS SNEC DEI Monthly Discussion Group June 16 at 2PM Pride Month!

Check the AFS SNEC Listserv emails for the Zoom link, or email [email protected]

June is Pride Month! This month is set aside to bring awareness of and celebrate the experiences of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex. Please read and watch the resources below. The discussion on June 16 at 2PM will focus on the first 3 resources.

Discussion Questions

-If comfortable sharing with the group, what is one thing you learned from these resources?

-Based on the information in the first 2 articles and the video, what are some things that AFS SNEC can do to make in-person meetings and the Chapter as a whole more of a safe and welcoming space for folks who identify as LGBTQIA+?

-Are there efforts within your workplace to make that space more safe and welcoming for folks who identify as LGBTQIA+?

Reading and Watching Resources

  1. 3 Simple Steps to Create a More Inclusive Work Space for our LGBTQ+ Community

  2. Interview with Cassidy Miles for Flylords magazine. Outdoors is for Everyone by Dan Zazworsky

AFS Diversity Equity and Inclusion Day 2020 – Learn Portion Videos

3. Being an Out Queer Field Biologist: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7537077/video/456671555
Dr. Christopher Schmitt (Dr./He/Him/His) of Boston University’s Department of Anthropology and Biology

4. Pronouns & Gendered Language: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7537077
Lucas Johansen (He/Him/His) with the NOAA Pride Employee Resource Group

5. A Guide to Gender Identity Terms

6. White House Proclamation about Pride Month

How to purchase Outdoors is for Everyone merchandise

Read the SNEC Spring 2022 Newsletter!

SNEC Newsletter

SNEC Newsletter 2022-04-19 SNEC Logo SNEC President’s Message Happy spring fellow fisheries folks! I hope this message finds you all healthy and well. As I look out my window and contemplate this message, I am inspired by the sights I can see that signal spring is upon us. The trees have buds, the daffodils are blooming and the male gold finches at my feeder are shedding their winter plumage for the brilliant yellow breeding colors that are getting brighter and brighter each day. It is a time of new beginnings. After another long and stressful winter surrounded by SARS-CoV2 we may hopefully be entering a phase where we can safely manage our interactions with people with less fear.

One sign of this potential shift towards normalcy is SNEC is planning its first in person meeting in over 2 years! The Summer 2022 Science Meeting is being held IN PERSON on June 21, 2022, at the URI Bay Campus. Abstract submissions are now open and you can submit your abstract here. Abstract submission will close on Friday, June 3 so please consider presenting. We will continue to closely monitor the developing regional and state medical news surrounding SARS-CoV2 and the various states’ responses to it in our region and will utilize that information to inform us should we need to adjust our conference planning. With our new spring beginning, field sampling for many of us has started or is starting, and we are getting to work closely with colleagues once again.

For me this has been a very busy spring as we try to play catch-up. Recently the inland fisheries group of the Connecticut DEEP Fisheries Division completed a relative abundance sample for northern pike on Bantam Lake is Litchfield/Morris, CT. We used only trap nets set in early March through early April to try to capture pre-spawn northern pike as they made their way to the spawning marshes around Bantam Lake. Though ice conditions hampered some of our sampling, we were able to catch some northern pike and we should be able to compare these recent catch results with historical catch results. This sampling is being done to assess a new stocking strategy at this lake. We have been purchasing and stocking 4-6 inch fingerling northern pike from a vendor in Minnesota for a few years to see if we can obtain a stable annual number of fingerlings for stocking to supplement our varied production from our own Connecticut managed spawning marshes. All of the stocking efforts will ensure that we can continue to provide Connecticut’s anglers with trophy northern pike fisheries. At the same time the inland fisheries group of the Connecticut DEEP Fisheries Division is performing a multi-gear population estimate (trap nets and nighttime boat electrofishing) on Mashapaug Lake in Union, CT. This sampling is being carried out to determine if our multi-year stocking strategy where we have been stocking larger (6-8 inch) walleye fingerlings, as opposed to our usual stocking strategy of smaller (4-6 inch) fingerlings, is going to pay off and create a more robust fishable population of Walleye in this lake. Water temperatures have just recently reached the point where we are starting to capture decent numbers of walleye with both gear types.

As you’ll see as you peruse this newsletter there are many other professionals in SNEC that are doing some interesting things; there are links to some great work on alewives, sand lance, green crabs, and right whales. In closing, I encourage everyone to enjoy the time they get to be out sampling with fellow colleagues this spring doing great science. Additionally, I would like to encourage you to take some time for yourself and your family. The outdoors has proven to be vitally important to people’s physical and especially mental health during the pandemic. Get outdoors and do something that energizes you. Something that fosters strong lasting memories with you, your family and your friends. I hope each of you are able to find such an outlet. Spring is a beautiful time of year. Best wishes as we move forward into 2022!
Chris McDowell President, Southern New England Chapter of AFS Chris McDowell

SNEC Reports Board of Directors Minutes from October 2021 Finance Committee 2021-Q4 and 2022-Q1


Volunteer Opportunities

SNEC is looking for a Professionalism Chair. Please contact anyone on the Board of Directors if you are interested in learning more.

We need judges for the SNEC Student Travel Award. Please contact Syma Ebbin for more information. Are you a professional member attending the summer meeting? Please consider volunteering to be a judge for the Best Student Presentation awards. If you’re interested, contact Syma Ebbin.

DEI Discussion Group Invitation AFS SNEC holds a monthly discussion on topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the fields of fisheries science, management, and outreach. Everyone is welcome to attend. You can drop in for just one discussion, or tune in every month. You do not need to have any expertise in DEI topics in order to attend – you just need a desire to learn. The AFS SNEC DEI Discussions take place on the third Thursday of every month at 2PM via Zoom. Upcoming dates are May 19, June 16, and July 21. The Zoom link will be sent out via the AFS SNEC and AFS NED listservs. SNEC member Dr. Lian Guo started this discussion group in 2021 and wrote an article on Page 15 of the Spring 2021 Northeastern Division Newsletter describing the reasons for starting the effort.
Our meetings include:
-Reviewing resources that will help the American Fisheries Society to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive professional society Increasing our awareness of social inequities in fisheries
-Discussing our thoughts and brainstorming steps our chapter could take to address the issues presented Anyone can facilitate a monthly discussion and/or propose articles to read, videos to watch, or podcasts to listen to. If you’d like to facilitate but need help coming up with a discussion topic, we can help with that. To see past topics discussed and access the articles and podcasts that have been suggested, check out the DEI page on the SNEC website To learn more about AFS-wide DEI efforts, check out the AFS Equal Opportunities Section website and the AFS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee webpage

SNEC Summer Meeting 2022 June 21, 2022 URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI We are excited to announce we will be holding our Summer 2022 Science Meeting on June 21, at the URI Bay Campus, following our traditional meeting format. Abstract submission is OPEN!!! You can submit your abstract here – abstract submission will close on FRIDAY, JUNE 3. Stay tuned for registration info!!

Seventeenth Flatfish Biology Conference November 15-16, 2022 Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT FlatfishConferenceLogo

The Flatfish Biology Conference welcomes platform and poster presentations addressing any aspect of flatfish research (e.g., biology, ecology, aquaculture, stock assessment, physiology, etc.) from all regions. Professional and student flatfish researchers are invited to participate. For more information, please visit our website or contact any of the conference co-chairs: Steve Dwyer Elizabeth Fairchild Renee Mercaldo-Allen

NED and SNEC Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Meeting Call for Symposia Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Meeting January 8-10, 2023 Boston Hyatt Regency Mark your calendar for an exciting opportunity to network and learn about innovative fisheries research being conducted in the northeastern region of North America and beyond!

The Northeastern Division and Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society are hosting a joint meeting in Boston at the Boston Hyatt Regency from January 8th to 10th, 2023. The meeting will consist of a full day of workshops and two days of presentations, including keynote speakers and student awards. Three research talk sessions will run concurrently throughout the meeting, including a special session titled Diadromous Fishes: New Tools, New Findings, New Hope. The Program Committee invites proposals for symposia for both the general AFS/SNEC meeting and for the diadromous fish session. An organized symposium is a series of integrated presentations that address aspects of a common topic or theme. A symposium may consist of invited speakers or be opened to accept presentations from the general call for abstracts. The Program Committee also encourages organizers to submit creative proposals for innovative sessions that utilize novel designs, approaches, and formats. Such sessions might include lightning presentations, interactive activities, or creative interdisciplinary collaborations. All symposium proposals should be submitted via email to [email protected] by June 15th, 2022. Upon review, the Program Committee may request revisions or collaborations to reduce overlap in subject matter and strengthen individual sessions. Organizers will be notified of their acceptance by the beginning of August, with a call for abstracts in September. Please include the following information with each submission: Type: Symposium, innovative session Intended length: 1 2-hour block, half-day Title: Limited to 12 words Organizer(s): Name and contact information, submitting organizer is the point of contact Description: A brief session description that will be included in the program (150 words) Abstract: Abstracts will be limited to 350 words.

Member Submitted Content

Under Ocean Acidification, Embryos of a Key Forage Fish Struggle to Hatch Elaina Hancock described how a potential ripple effect from carbon in the atmosphere could have severe impacts throughout the ocean ecosystem in UConn Today. Read the full article here. This photo shows sand lance embryos that have and have not hatched. Sand lance have trouble hatching at future ocean CO2 levels (photo courtesy of Emma Cross).

Student Travel Award Reflections
Check out this slide deck to meet Sarah Weisberg and Colby Peters. Sarah and Colby were both recent recepients of SNEC travel stipends, which allowed them to travel to share their research with other fisheries professionals. Learn more about these two early-career scientists, their work, and what receiving the SNEC travel stipend meant to them. A big thanks goes out to our dues paying members who provide the financial support for these awards!

View Screening for documentary, Last of the Right Whales
Leah Baumwell has been involved with the documentary, Last of the Right Whales, as an impact campaign partner to help shape messages in the film and actions that the public can take after the film gets distributed more broadly. They are hosting a screening of the film in Portland, Maine on April 27th which includes a Q&A panel (fishermen, scientists, NGOs) that Leah will be moderating to help inform the audience. Leah encourages any members in the area to attend.

River Herring: Bringing the Ocean to New England’s Freshwater by Abigail Archer In December, Abigail Archer, Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist with Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, gave an outreach talk as part of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s lecture series. The title is “River Herring: Bringing the Ocean to New England’s Freshwater” and can be viewed here CCMM logo

Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program: Call for Preliminary Proposals Open
CLOSING DATE: June 6, 2022 Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) announce the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) extra-mural research program. The intent of this program is to fund research that will support the science-based management of Long Island Sound (LIS) and its resources, and the implementation of the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Preliminary proposals are invited for the funding period of March 1, 2023 to February 28, 2025. Subject to available federal funding, up to $5,500,000 is expected to be available for one- or two-year projects. A copy of the complete RFP for 2023-2025 cycle can be accessed here. For more information, contact: Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator Connecticut Sea Grant College Program University of Connecticut 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340-6048 Tel. (860) 405-9278, E-mail: [email protected]

Recently Published Research

Phenological Variation in Spring Migration Timing of Adult Alewife in Coastal Massachusetts Dalton, R.M., Sheppard, J.J., Finn, J.T., Jordaan, A. and Staudinger, M.D. (2022), Phenological Variation in Spring Migration Timing of Adult Alewife in Coastal Massachusetts. Mar Coast Fish, 14: e10198. https://doi.org/10.1002/mcf2.10198 The timing of biological events in plants and animals, such as migration and reproduction, is shifting due to climate change. Anadromous fishes are particularly susceptible to these shifts as they are subject to strong seasonal cycles when transitioning between marine and freshwater habitats to spawn. We used linear models to determine the extent of phenological shifts in adult Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus as they migrated from ocean to freshwater environments during spring to spawn at 12 sites along the northeastern USA. We also evaluated broadscale oceanic and atmospheric drivers that trigger their movements from offshore to inland habitats, including sea surface temperature, North Atlantic Oscillation index, and Gulf Stream index. Run timing metrics of initiation, median (an indicator of peak run timing), end, and duration were found to vary among sites. Although most sites showed negligible shifts towards earlier timing, statistically significant changes were detected in three systems. Overall, winter sea surface temperature, spring and fall transition dates, and annual run size were the strongest predictors of run initiation and median dates, while a combination of within-season and seasonal-lag effects influenced run end and duration timing. Disparate results observed across the 12 spawning runs suggest that regional environmental processes were not consistent drivers of phenology and local environmental and ecological conditions may be more important. Additional years of data to extend time series and monitoring of Alewife timing and movements in nearshore habitats may provide important information about staging behaviors just before adults transition between ocean and freshwater habitats. Read the full paper..

Seasonal Movements of Green Crabs Revealed by Acoustic Telemetry Zarrella-Smith, K.A., Woodall, J.N., Ryan, A., Furey, N.B., Goldstein, J.S. (2022), Seasonal estuarine movements of green crabs revealed by acoustic telemetry. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 681:129-143. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13927 Green crabs Carcinus maenas are considered among the most influential invasive species in temperate estuaries worldwide. Yet management can be hindered by the lack of high-resolution data on green crab movement ecology. We addressed this knowledge gap by coupling passive acoustic telemetry and water quality monitoring to examine daily and seasonal movements of individual green crabs in the Webhannet River Estuary (Maine, USA). We tracked 22 adult green crabs (mean [±SD] carapace width = 63.8 ± 6.5 mm) between 2 successive tagging deployments from July 2018-January 2019, with one receiver maintained until mid-April 2019. Overall, our study demonstrated the viability of using acoustic telemetry to assess seasonal movements of green crabs, with an average (±SE) individual detection rate of 27.9 ± 2.8 detections h-1 from July-January. Most crabs remained localized to very specific regions of the estuary, with each region representing a 300-600 m linear distance. Logistic regression models indicated that movements by green crabs to the downstream area were associated with a shift in temperature below 10°C, regardless of sex. From January-April 2019, 9 crabs were found to overwinter in the downstream area, potentially taking refuge in deeper waters. Movement patterns identified in this study further contribute to our understanding of the distances traveled and the areas used by green crabs, as well as further resolve overwintering behavior with consequences for mortality risk due to low temperatures. This additional knowledge of adult green crab movement and dispersal dynamics is valuable to resource managers considering intervention strategies. Read the full paper…

Angler Choices That Help Catch Lots of Big Fish Bade, A.P., Dippold, D.A., Schmidt, B.A., DuFour, M.R., Hartman, T.J. and Ludsin, S.A. (2022), Angler Choices That Help Catch Lots of Big Fish. Fisheries. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10722 A primary goal of fisheries management is to maximize angler satisfaction (e.g., by catching more and bigger fish), while maintaining sustainable populations. In addition to environmental and ecological factors, angler choices may influence recreational catches. Using interviews (92,838) from Walleye Sander vitreus anglers in Lake Erie during 1989–2017, we identified how angler behavior influences catch outcomes. Angler behaviors were associated with changes in catch rate and the length of harvested fish. For example, trolling resulted in a 50% increase in median catch and a 24-mm increase in length, relative to casting. Other behaviors led to tradeoffs between catch rate and size, such as the time of year anglers fished. We identified behaviors that maximize fishing success with respect to anglers’ desired catch outcomes. Our results can help increase angler satisfaction by providing realistic catch expectations, given the environmental and fishery conditions, while improving recreational catch outcomes through more informed angler decision making. Read the full paper…

Update on the Spatial Distribution of Butterfish, 1982-2019 Adams, C. F. 2022. Update on the Spatial Distribution of Butterfish, 1982-2019. https://doi.org/10.25923/r0p0-ty08 This document updates a prior analysis of the spatial distribution of butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean with 6 additional years of Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) spring and fall bottom trawl survey data. The primary findings are that there was a significant increase in area occupancy for all ages of butterfish over the spring time series, as well as a significant increase in area occupancy for age 0 butterfish in the fall, due in part to a range expansion into the Gulf of Maine. It is recommended that inclusion of the NEFSC spring bottom trawl survey data in the assessment model should be considered in the upcoming research track, as well as Gulf of Maine and outer Georges Bank strata. Read the full paper..

Serious Injury Determinations for Small Cetaceans and Pinnipeds Caught in Commercial Fisheries off the Northeast U.S. Coast, 2015-2019 Josephson, E. 2022. Serious Injury Determinations for Small Cetaceans and Pinnipeds Caught in Commercial Fisheries off the Northeast U.S. Coast 2015-2019. https://doi.org/10.25923/sgbq-m146 The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to estimate annual levels of human-caused mortality and serious injury to marine mammal stocks (section 117) and to categorize commercial fisheries based on their level of incidental mortality and serious injury of marine mammals (section 118). Serious injury (SI) determinations were addressed at NMFS-convened workshops in 1997 and 2007 (Angliss and DeMaster 1998; Andersen et al. 2008), and in January 2012, the agency published new national guidelines for distinguishing serious from non-serious injuries of marine mammals (National Policy for Distinguishing…2012). A major goal of the new guidelines was to establish national consistency and transparency in SI determinations. To implement the new guidelines, Science Center SI determination (SID) staff are required to annually review the observer (OBS) and at-sea monitor (ASM) records on all incidentally caught marine mammals that were released alive. Determinations made on these fishery interactions are independently reviewed by another center’s SID (e.g., Northeast Fisheries Science Center [NEFSC] determinations are sent to the Southwest Fisheries Science Center [SWFSC], the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office [GARFO], and the Atlantic Scientific Review Group [ASRG] before final determinations are published in this document). Read the full paper…

Report of the Workshop: Optimizing the Research Intern Experience to Build Inclusion and Diversity in the Geosciences Workforce. Joyce, P., P. Chigbu, A. Jearld, H. Kite-Powell, G. Liles, and K. Chu. 2021. Report of the Workshop: Optimizing the Research Intern Experience to Build Inclusion and Diversity in the Geosciences Workforce. https://doi.org/10.25923/zhv5-6729 In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Partnership Education Program (PEP) in Woods Hole, MA, a workshop was held from June 27-29, 2019, to discuss ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the geosciences workforce. The Workshop brought together former interns, administrators of research internship programs, and directors of scientific organizations to share perspectives on how well current research internship programs are working and what can be done to make them more supportive and more effective in encouraging members of underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in the geosciences. The Workshop focused on two topics: (1) identifying potential roadblocks that discourage minority students from entering the geosciences and (2) identifying steps that can be taken to help students overcome those roadblocks. There are many such roadblocks, and not all of them can be solved by the research institution. However, there are often ways an institution can structure a research internship program so it is a more positive, inclusive experience. Read the full paper…

Serious Injury and Mortality Determinations for Baleen Whale Stocks along the Gulf of Mexico, United States East Coast, and Atlantic Canadian Provinces, 2015-2019 Henry, A. 2022. Serious Injury and Mortality Determinations for Baleen Whale Stocks along the Gulf of Mexico, United States East Coast, and Atlantic Canadian Provinces, 2015-2019. https://doi.org/10.25923/nfr5-7r84 Opportunistic reports were used to calculate rates of human-caused serious injury and mortality to baleen whale stocks along the Gulf of Mexico, United States east coast, and Atlantic Canadian provinces from 2015 through 2019. All available information for reported whale injury and mortality events was evaluated by using established criteria to assign injury severity and cause of injury or death for each event. The average annual rate of detected human-caused serious injury and mortality during the period was 7.65 for North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), 16.25 for Gulf of Maine humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), 1.85 for western North Atlantic fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), 10.35 for Canadian east coast minke whales (B. acutorostrata), 0.6 for Nova Scotian sei whales (B. borealis), and 0 for western North Atlantic blue whales (B. musculus) and northern Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whales (B. edeni). The number of serious injuries and mortalities not reported is unknown, and actual levels may be much higher. Read the full paper…

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AFS SNEC DEI Discussion April 21-2022

Join the next SNEC DEI Discussion Group Discussion on April 21-2022 at 2PM.

Check the AFS SNEC Listserv emails for the Zoom link, or email [email protected]

Before the meeting, please read:

How Virtual Convenings Can Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Links within the above article
Changing scientific meetings for the better

Conference demographics and footprint changed by virtual platforms

Virtual meetings promise to eliminate geographical and administrative barriers and increase accessibility, diversity and inclusivity

Discussion Questions
• Many folks are pleased to see us moving toward more in-person gatherings. Before reading these articles, did the benefits of virtual meetings to DEI participants occur to you?
• What are some of the largest barriers to accessibility at in-person gatherings identified in these resources? What can SNEC do to further overcome some of these barriers?
• An author stated, “It is my hope that all scientific meetings will have a virtual option going forward to allow more participation than was the case pre-pandemic.” Is this realistic? Do you expect that the hybrid approach will stick around into the future?