The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction

Bycatch mitigation is a central focus of the New England Aquarium’s sustainable fishing initiative. In 2005, the Aquarium helped found the Consortium to reduce bycatch in threatened non-target animals. The Consortium supports collaborative research between scientists and the fishing industry to develop practical techniques that reduce or eliminate bycatch of endangered or threatened species.

Partners

Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President and Senior Science Advisor/Chief Scientist, Marine Mammal Conservation, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, is one of the leading experts on the biology of the North Atlantic right whale, and has extensive experience with his team at the Aquarium in building consensus among industry and scientists in achieving conservation outcomes. These include the relocation of shipping lanes away from sensitive whale habitats, and the development of practical “whale friendly” fishing methods. Dr. Kraus has a PhD. from the University of New Hampshire. Staff Profile

Dr. Timothy Werner directs the Bycatch Reduction and Mitigation Program at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, as well as the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction. He has directed living marine resource management programs in the U.S., the South Pacific, and Latin America, and holds graduate degrees in business management from Stanford University where he was a 2001 Sloan Fellow and a PhD. from Boston University. Staff Profile

Michelle Cho joined the New England Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative in 2006 and began working more on bycatch reduction and mitigation in 2016. Michelle's work focuses on the health and environmental impacts of global commercial fisheries. She previously worked as a fisheries observer based in New Bedford, MA and on trawl surveys for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. She has a joint master's degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. Staff Profile 

Richard Malloy Jr. joined the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium as a Fisheries Research Associate in 2017. His research includes studies developing and field testing whale-release buoy rope throughout New England fisheries, field testing an electronic decoy for reducing elasmobranch bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries, and ropeless fishing: testing an innovative prototype for preventing whale entanglement. He has a master's degree in Fisheries Oceanography from the School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Staff Profile

Center for Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire

Dr. Kenneth Baldwin directs the Center for Ocean Engineering at UNH, serves as a member of the University’s Marine Program Executive Committee, and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Baldwin applies his expertise in engineering and marine environments towards the evaluation of bycatch reduction technologies, including acoustic deterrents and “whale-safe” ropes.
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Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Kennebunk, Maine

Patrice McCarron has been MLA’s Executive Director since 2001 and is the former Executive Director of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation. She has extensive experience in community outreach in the State of Maine and is an expert in fisheries and other ocean management issues through her current and former positions, including Conservation Associate at the New England Aquarium.
Maine Lobstermen's Association

Duke University Marine Lab

Beaufort, North Carolina

Dr. Andrew Read, Associate Professor and Rachel Carson Chair of Marine Conservation Biology, has conducted field research on marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles in Canada, Mexico, the United States, South America, and Europe. He holds a number of senior scientific appointments, including President of the Society for Marine Mammology and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.
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Blue Water Fishermen’s Association

Forked River, New Jersey

BWFA has been in the forefront of the conservation and rebuilding of north Atlantic swordfish, as well as gear research and innovations to reduce interactions with incidentally caught non-target species. BWFA Facebook Page
 

Associated Researchers

University of Tampa

Dr. Jeffry I. Fasick is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Tampa in Florida.  Dr. Fasick was trained at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, to study the visual pigments of the vertebrate retina, focusing on marine mammals.  He did his postdoctoral work at Brandeis University studying the vertebrate short-wavelength sensitive cone visual pigments and the molecular mechanisms associated with wavelength modulation. Faculty Webpage
 

Duke University and BelleQuant Engineering

Dr. Laurens Howle is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.  Dr. Howle's research interests include the disciplines of thermal science, fluid dynamics, and nonlinear dynamics.  He has created 3-D rendering of cetacean flippers to study the forces experienced by flippers during movement.  He is currently creating a 3-D model of North Atlantic right whales to be used to simulate interactions with fishing gear. Dr. Howle received his Ph.D. from Duke University.
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BelleQuant Engineering

Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Stephen Kajiura is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. His area of expertise is the sensory biology of sharks and rays with an emphasis on the electrosensory system.  Dr. Kajiura has conducted research for various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. He maintains a strong public outreach service, primarily through television documentary appearances and is an elected member of the American Elasmobranch Society Board of Directors.  Dr. Kajiura holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii.
Elasmobranch Research Laboratory

Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center

Dr. David Kerstetter is a Research Scientist at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. Dr. Kerstetter's research focuses on pelagic fishes and the commercial and recreational fisheries for these species in the western North and South Atlantic with over 14 years experience with fisheries biology research.  He has 12 years of experience and several peer-reviewed publications on the use, data analysis, and applications of bycatch reduction field research with US commercial marine fisheries, and has been working aboard pelagic longline vessels for over ten years.  Dr. Kerstetter serves on a number of US federal advisory committees, including the US ICCAT Advisory Committee, the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, and the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team for pilot whales and Risso's dolphins.  Dr. Kerstetter holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary.
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Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

Amy Knowlton is a Research Scientist at the New England Aquarium. Ms. Knowlton has been studying North Atlantic right whales since 1983 and is closely involved with all aspects of right whale research, including, photo-identification, field surveys, and documentation of human impacts. Ms. Knowlton has been the Principal Investigator for the entanglement scar coding research done over the past five years and has also been an alternative member of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team.  She holds a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
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Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Scott Landry is the Director of the Whale Rescue Team at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS). Mr. Landry has been working at PCCS as part of the Rescue Team for the past seven years. In addition to being a part of disentangling efforts, his primary role has been to carefully document the details of each large whale entanglement event on the PCCS website. He is also responsible for ensuring that the gear taken off large whales is provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service with appropriate documentation of where it was retrieved and how it was attached to the whale.  Mr. Landry holds a BA in Physical Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of California. Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

Dr. John Mandelman is presently a Research Scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, where he has resided in various capacities since 2001. Although he has several research focal areas, his primary expertise involves the physiological responses to anthropogenic stressors in elasmobranch fishes, the sharks, rays and skates.  More specifically, his research interests include the physiological status and viability of discarded elasmobranch bycatch in fishing operations, and strategies to reduce the incidental capture of elasmobranchs in the first place. Dr. Mandelman holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Northeastern University.
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Dr. Alexia Morgan

Dr. Alexia Morgan has been working in the field of fisheries for over twenty years. Alexia began her career as a fisheries observer, obtaining her masters in marine biology and doctorate in fisheries and aquatic sciences. Alexia’s doctorate focused on a modeling project looking at ways to protect the dusky shark in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Alexia’s work interests focus on large pelagic species, namely sharks and tunas, the fisheries that target them and the bycatch associated with these fisheries. Alexia is currently working on issues related to: the sustainability of tuna and shark fisheries, including identifying ways to reduce the bycatch associated with these fisheries; ecosystem analysis of large pelagic species in the northwest Atlantic Ocean; and analysis of spatial management zones and their impact on large pelagic species. Alexia has been working with the New England Aquarium’s Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction since 2010. Alexia also works with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and University of New England. Faculty Webpage