Coral Reef Fisheries
We are working to combine field data collection, simulation modeling, and observational studies for multi-species coral reef fisheries in Indonesia where products will lead to the development of assessment and management frameworks. Multiple projects are up and running with a long list of multidisciplinary collaborators.
Tropical deep reef fisheries
Demersal snapper-grouper fisheries in Indonesia are highly lucrative but little data exist to manage stocks sustainably. Our work will aid in identifying methods for improving data collection and applying those methods to enable the establishment of harvest control rules.
Based in Narragansett Bay, RI, this project will serve as a proof-of-concept for using cutting-edge hydroacoustic technology for local pelagic fisheries assessments. Such advances will allow managers to more accurately determine sustainable fishing levels of species such as Atlantic menhaden.
Coral reef restoration
There is growing interest in coral restoration as a potential tool to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on reefs, but social and ecological feasibility is questionable. This research project in Indonesia seeks to critically examine coral restoration through a social-ecological lens.
Sardines are the backbone for coastal fisheries in Ghana, but catches have been declining rapidly over the last decade. The Ghanian government has proposed spatial and/or seasonal closures for this fishery and we will simulate fish population dynamics under these management scenarios.
Integrated KELP Aquaculture
Incorporating cold-water seaweed crops such as kelp into existing Rhode Island shellfish farms requires minimal equipment and maintenance, and can benefit farmers by increasing and diversifying crop production. This project assesses the feasibility of kelp aquaculture in coastal RI by building an ecosystem model using bioenergetics.