NOAA Conducts River Herring stock assessment
NOAA conducted a series of workshops in 2012 to gather more information on the status of alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, in the Northeast. NOAA has been working closely with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to use information contained in their river herring stock assessment (May, 2012) and the best available information to help make a determination as to whether these species should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Several areas where additional information were needed included stock structure, extinction risk, and the impact of climate change on these species. NOAA held three workshops in June and July to gather more information on each of these areas. For more information: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/prot_res/candidatespeciesprogram/RiverHerringSOC.htm
The Downeast Fisheries Trail
Maine Sea Grant announces The Downeast Fisheries Trail consists of 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties, Maine, that showcase active and historic fisheries heritage sites, such as fish hatcheries, aquaculture facilities, fishing harbors, clam flats, processing plants, historical societies, community centers, and other related places. The Trail is an effort to raise awareness among residents and visitors of the importance of the region’s maritime heritage and the role of marine resources to the area’s economy. The Trail builds on these local resources to strengthen community life and the experience of visitors.www.DowneastFisheriesTrail.org
Journal of Sustainable Watershed Science and Management (JSWSM)
JSWSM is a peer-reviewed, open
access journal with its content is freely available online at
http://www.atlas-publishing.org/journalpublish.php?id=8. It is a multi-disciplinary Scientific Journal which recognizes watershed as the management unit within which natural resources and environmental
management issues are addressed in integrated approaches involving physical, biological, socio-economical, legal and policy prospective as they relate to sustainability. It also recognizes sustainability as a dynamic concept which accommodates all forms of change (e.g., climate, population, land use).
General Conservation Plan Webpage
In 2009, the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment (GOM DPS) of Atlantic salmon were listed as an endangered species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The GOM DPS was divided into three separate Salmon Habitat Recovery Units (SHRU) located in the Penobscot, Merrymeeting, and Downeast watersheds of Maine. We are planning to develop a different GCP for each of the SHRU's.
Rainbow Smelt Website
The state governments of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are collaborating on scientific research into the status and threats facing the rainbow smelt, which is listed as a federal Species of Concern. The research will support development of a regional conservation and restoration plan for the species. This website is a centralized source of information on the science and conservation of rainbow smelt in the Gulf of Maine.
The River Herring Network
The River Herring Network is a new organization, currently at the young herring fry stage of life. Although it has existed in the minds of many folks for many years, it got its formal start in January of 2011 with the award of a grant from the Massachusetts Bays Program to the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association. The four member Project Team has been meeting twice a month since May, and seeks review and input from a nine member Steering Committee. So far, the three main goals of the Network are to:
1. Facilitate communication among herring wardens and other river herring enthusiasts.
2. Support herring wardens in their role as active participants in fisheries management processes.
3. Document and communicate the natural and cultural history of the herring runs.
Canadian Rivers Institute
CRI's goal is to advance aquatic sciences research and provide education on the structure and function of fresh water and estuarine ecosystems, improving planning and management to promote sustainable use of water resources. CRI places a significant emphasis on the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students through regularly offered university courses taught by CRI Fellows and Associate Fellows. We offer non-credit courses for students and professionals in aquatic sciences. We offer courses in Freshwater Habitat, Hydrolody, Stream Restoration and Design and Biomonitoring and Environmental Assessment.
Michigan State University Quantitative Fisheries Center
The Quantitative Fisheries Center seeks to provide a research, outreach/service and teaching program to build greater capacity within fishery management agencies in quantitative methods; improve quantitative methods for assessing fish stocks; assist agencies touse model-based approaches in decision making; and develop a better understanding of fish community and population dynamics.
Gulf of Maine Council Ecosystem Indicator Partnership
The long-term goal of ESIP is to provide Web-based access to synthesized monitoring data collected in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed. Numerous government agencies and non-government organizations conduct monitoring programs in the region. The purpose of the ESIP Monitoring Map is to provide information regarding where monitoring programs exist in the Gulf of Maine. The Indicator Reporting Tool provides a wealth of data has been collected from around the Gulf. Users can graph and map various datasets along with importing data into their preferred programs.
Maine Coastal and Aquatic Restoration Webpage
The Maine Coastal Program announced its new webpage focused on the restoration of coastal and freshwater aquatic systems. Initial material on the page highlights the recently released recommendations of the Maine Stream Connectivity Work Group. Since 2009, state, federal, and non-government organizations participating in this group have worked to coordinate a statewide, restorative response to impaired connectivity in Maine’s waters. Subsequent additions to the Coastal and Aquatic Restoration webpage will focus on restoration project funding sources, guidance materials, and other information of relevance to restoration planners and practitioners. Access the page at: http://www.maine.gov/spo/coastal/coastal-habitat-restoration.htm. For more information, contact Slade Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Website Launch for Viewing Global Cumulative Impact Maps
Announcing the launch of an interactive mapping website
showing the cumulative impact of human activities on marine ecosystems around the world.
http://globalmarine.nceas.ucsb.edu/ With this website you can view maps of cumulative human impacts, and each of the individual component datasets that were used to calculate cumulative impact; zoom in and out to any scale and location of interest, or type in a specific lat/long and zoom to that location; produce a summary report of the results for any location that includes explanations for why the location has the impact scores that it does; and download data for any given location
Dam Removal and Fish Passage Network on LinkedIn
The Dam Removal & Fish Passage Network is a networking group to link scientists, engineers, researchers, and others working to solve issues associated with stream barriers and habitat fragmentation. The group's goal is to share experiences and expertise relating to barrier removal and fish passage. Join here.
Global Restoration Network (GRN)
A project of the Society for Ecological Restoration International, the GRN website is an excellent resource for information on all aspects of environmental restoration, from historic ecosystems and causes of degradation to in-depth case studies and proven restoration methods and techniques. One of the features of the website is a searchable database for environmental restoration projects located all over the world.
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Status of Fishery Resources off the Northeastern United States
Resource Evaluation and Assessment Division
Population Dynamics Branch
This website was established in 1998 to provide a convenient, up-to-date source of information on the status of fishery resources off the northeast coast of the U.S. The NEFSC develops assessments for 62 finfish and invertebrate species stocks in cooperation with other federal and state agencies and academic institutions.
National Biological Information Infrastructure
National River Restoration Science Synthesis
River Restoration in our Nation: A Scientific Synthesis to Inform Policy, Grassroots Actions, and Future Research
Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information
Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information (CDRI): Your resource on dam removal
CDRI is an online repository for documents about proposed and completed dam removal projects across the country.