Scallop research share days: offshore wind, aquaculture, bycatch, biology projects on deck

The New England Fishery Management Council will be hosting two Scallop Research Share Days on Thursday, May 6, 2021 and Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Both sessions will be held by webinar and are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Share Days provide an opportunity for award recipients of the Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program to “share” their findings with fishery managers and the public. This year, other scallop researchers who are conducting studies on topics that have been identified by the Council as research priorities also will have
the chance to share their work.

Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn said, “Scallop Research Share Days are a great opportunity for fishery managers and stakeholders to learn more about ongoing scallop research in our region. Expanding the scope of this event to include researchers outside of the Scallop RSA Program will help the Council determine where to focus future RSA priorities. I encourage anyone who’s interested in the scallop fishery to join both of the webinar sessions for this event and listen to the short overviews of the important scallop research that’s being conducted in our region.

The presentations will include talks on:
• The impacts of offshore wind development and ocean acidification on the scallop resource and fishery;
• Scallop recruitment, growth, aquaculture, and transplanting; and
• Conservation engineering and bycatch monitoring.

The wide range of topics will inform scallop managers of current research areas and help to identify future research needs. In June, the Council will set Scallop RSA research priorities for the 2022 and 2023 award cycle.

The Council annually “sets aside” 1.25 million pounds of scallop meats that can be used to support research in the fishery. The Council then determines research priorities for each award cycle. NOAA Fisheries manages the RSA competition and administers the program. The share day schedule and webinar registration information follow on the next two pages.

Ø May 6, 2021 Scallop Research Share Day Webinar: REGISTER HERE. Visit the Share Day webpage.
Ø May 12, 2021 Scallop Research Share Day Webinar: REGISTER HERE. Visit the Share Day webpage.

New England Fishery Management Council, 29 April 2021. More information.

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