Tricks of the Trade – A Workshop on Data QA/QC Best Practices

The Southern New England chapter of AFS is proud to host a workshop on data QA/QC best practices on Wednesday, June 27th at the University of Rhode Island  Bay Campus, in Narragansett, RI.  The workshop will be taught in three parts by fisheries professionals who have years of experience, and will be teaching their “tricks of the trade” on how they deal with data issues.  Registration will start at 8:00am and the workshop will run from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Session I will be taught by Tiffany Cunningham of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  Tiffany will focus on data collection, data management, and data auditing.  She will talk about the questions you should ask before you collect your data, the different databases you can use to work on your data, and formatting those data to fit a certain database.

Session II will be taught by Michelle Traver of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.  Michelle will talk about working with large data sets, knowing the raw data, looking for trends from the beginning, and incorporating different sources of data into a usable product.

Session III will be taught by Jeff Kneebone from the New England Aquarium. He will focus on quality control of tagging data.  He will go over different examples and how to troubleshoot data issues obtained from conventional, acoustic, and pop-up satellite tags.

Each speaker will talk for one and a half hours with breaks in between.  Lunch will be provided for all workshop attendees.  After the workshop is completed, everyone is invited to a social at a local venue, still TBD.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Bill Duffy at 508-717-0210 or [email protected].

Registration is require. Click here for registration.


The Southern New England Chapter of AFS and the New England District of AIFRB present a workshop on Data Carpentry using R.  Three instructors will will lead hands-on sessions about different ways to manipulate data, using spatial data, and fisheries analysis techniques using R.  The workshop is open to current members of both SNEC and the New England District of AIFRB.

Date: Monday October 23


UMass Dartmouth, SMAST-E, room 101/102
836 South Rodney French Boulevard
New Bedford, MA

Time: 9am – 5pm, Registration opens at 8:30am

Social: Begins after the conclusion of the workshop at Knuckleheads in New Bedford, 85 MacArthur Dr., New Bedford, MA 02740

Cost: FREE of charge to SNEC and AIFRB Members


Due to space and logistic constraints, we are limiting the workshop to 60 participants.  Lunch will be provided for workshop attendees.
Please join us after the workshop for a well-earned social.  There will be a cash bar and we will have provide some appetizers.  Even if you cannot make the workshop, please feel free to attend the social and join your SNEC and AIFRB colleagues for an evening of relaxation and conversation.
All attendees should install R studio on their computers before the workshop.  A more detailed agenda will be provided soon.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Bill Duffy,  508-717-0210  [email protected]  or

Ben Galuardi, 206-914-4044 [email protected]