NOAA offers fisheries training program in Massachusetts

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is joining with institutions in the Northeast to train future generations of scientists to address an anticipated shortfall of researchers at fisheries and in the field of ecosystem science.

The NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology are partnering to address the anticipated shortfall.

Under a NOAA program called Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training, or QUEST, the new partnership will focus on teaching and advising in a graduate fisheries program and developing new technologies to improve assessment and management capabilities.

“Dwindling fish stocks and associated economic impacts spell a significant need for trained personnel and new technologies in fisheries science,” Richard Merrick, director of scientific programs and chief science adviser for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, said in a statement.

“This new partnership in quantitative fisheries and ecosystem science is a tangible step toward enhancing the scientific basis of assessment and management of resources and to educate future personnel in quantitative aspects of fisheries science,” Merrick said.

As part of this collaborative effort, three new fellowships for scientists and a new faculty position were created with funding through the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic. These new positions will collaborate to train graduate students in methods, technologies and research approaches.

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