By PBN Staff
DARTMOUTH – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scientists will receive $1 million in federal research funds to improve management of the scallop and flounder fisheries.
The funding, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northeast Fisheries Science Center and New England Fishery Management Council Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program, was awarded last week to the researchers at the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology.
Projects will focus on bycatch reduction, scallop biomass and improving the understanding of scallop biology.
The scallop survey research will be led by Kevin Stokesbury, while Daniel Georgiana will expand on previous sea scallop gray-meat research.
In addition, SMAST, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will develop a predictive model to improve the understanding of spawning and recruitment dynamics. Changsheng Chen is the principal investigator for the project.
Additionally, researchers at SMAST, led by Pingguo He, will study swimming capabilities and behaviors of yellowtail and windowpane flounders in a new seawater tank facility.