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Department of Fisheries Oceanography Seminar-Jake Kritzer

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Description: The School for Marine Science and Technology
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
Seminar Announcement

"Ocean Observing in the Northeast: The Present and Future of Fisheries Applications"

Jake Kritzer
Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) aims to, “…produce, integrate, and communicate high quality ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes information that meets the safety, economic, and stewardship needs of the nation.” In order to meet these objectives, U.S. IOOS employs a portfolio of technological tools to collect data on ocean physics, chemistry, and biology. These data feed into oceanographic models, and the data and model outputs are delivered to ocean users through a variety of data products. The system is highly regionalized, with different suites of observing tools, models, and data products employed in response to the unique geographic, oceanographic, ecological, and economic characteristics of each part of the country. In order to ensure that services meet the needs of users in each region, extensive
user outreach and engagement is central to U.S. IOOS. In the Northeast, the backbone of the observing system is a network of fixed buoys that provide real-time data to mariners of all stripes on ocean conditions and meteorology, complemented by
other technologies. By virtue of their numbers and time on the water, commercial fishermen represent the largest IOOS user group in the region. Many fishermen report almost daily use of observing data to determine whether, when, and where to fish.
The time series developed by ocean observing systems have also helped to address critical scientific questions related to environmental drivers and spatio-temporal aspects of the life histories of exploited species. There has also been progress in
applying ocean observing data to operational fisheries science, with considerable potential for such applications to expand. This includes not only stock assessments, but also ecosystem-scale issues, such as development of ecological reference points
and understanding foraging patterns of endangered right whales. Ongoing climate change and shifts in the blue economy are presenting new scientific and policy challenges, along with increased need for fundamental operational and safety services.Keeping pace with these demands will require harnessing the power of emerging technologies, improving network efficiency to maximize the returns on the data collected, and diversifying the funding base to build stability and resilience in the system.
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Meeting ID: 934 0175 3807
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+1 646 876 9923 US
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Topical Areas: School for Marine Sciences and Technology, SMAST Seminar Series