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Department of Fisheries Oceanography Seminar Announcement - Dr. Roger Mann

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: > See description for location
Description: The School for Marine Science and Technology
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
Seminar Announcement


Dr. Roger Mann
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
SMAST East, Rooms 101/102
Also Via Zoom

The continental shelf of the United States was once the preserve of commercial fishermen. This is no longer the case. The Exclusive Economic Zone is increasingly the focus of other economically powerful, sometimes incompatible uses including green energy, shipping, communications, mining, military exclusion zones, and conservation regions. These uses generally have fixed boundaries. The distribution of fished species moves in relation to warming of shelf waters, presenting challenges to both federal regional fishery management councils and industry alike.

Today’s presentation is about expanding your skills beyond that typically taught in a classical education of bachelor's and graduate degrees. It is about the challenge of communicating science with the world at large, and ensuring that sound science is included in decision making processes that shape societal needs, the economy and more. In this process it is important to realize that many of the things we teach you in graduate school may not easily translate into real world decision making -- where you may be asked for an opinion on a subject where you do not have definitive data. Should you proffer an opinion or stay quiet – the latter may insure you have no input to a discussion where it is unquestionably needed.

The context of the presentation is fishery management in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions. I will offer thoughts on how multiple, often competing uses for this regional footprint will influence fisheries management in coming years, and how YOU should prepare to represent science in these discussions.
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Meeting ID: 937 5823 0260
Passcode: 426839

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