Offshore Wind Farms Expected to Reduce Clam Fishery Revenue, Study Finds

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An important East Coast shellfish industry is projected to suffer revenue losses as offshore wind energy develops along the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts, according to two Rutgers studies. The studies, which appear in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (here and here), examined how offshore wind farms planned for the eastern United States could disrupt fishing of the Atlantic surfclam, a major economic …

Rutgers Oyster History Preserved!

The houseboat Cynthia on Barnegat Bay, NJ circa 1915.

After longtime Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) associate Walt Canzonier passed away in June 2021, a box containing historic data was returned to the lab. Canzonier had designed and overseen much of the construction of the current lab in Bivalve, NJ, according to professor David Bushek, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and director of HSRL.  The box contained old weather and tide information …

NOAA Launches New Marine Species Mapping Tool Developed in Collaboration with Rutgers

Scientists conduct a trawl survey off the coast of New England. (NOAA)

NOAA Fisheries has launched the Distribution Mapping and Analysis Portal, a new tool developed in collaboration with the Global Change Ecology and Evolution Lab at Rutgers University, to better track the location and movement of marine fish in U.S. waters. An interactive website, this tool reveals that the ranges of many marine species are shifting, expanding and contracting in response to changing ocean …

Climate Change Will Reshuffle Marine Ecosystems in Unexpected Ways, Rutgers Study Finds

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Sophisticated model reveals how predator-prey relationships affect species’ ranges. Warming of the oceans due to climate change will mean fewer productive fish species to catch in the future, according to a new Rutgers study that found as temperatures warm, predator-prey interactions will prevent species from keeping up with the conditions where they could thrive. The new study, published in the journal Proceedings of …

Rutgers Among University Teams Awarded $28.7 Million in Department of Defense Funding

Malin Pinsky

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced $28.7 million in grants to 17 university-based faculty teams through its FY2021 Minerva Research Initiative to support research in social and behavioral science. Among the DoD awardees is a faculty team comprising Malin Pinsky, associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, that was awarded $1.3 million to fund a three-year project …

Collaboration at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center: “It’s a Family Operation”

Sean Towers, Dave Jones, and Mark Baranoski work to repair one of AIC’s seawater intakes. Photo credit: David Bushek.

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is a research and extension powerhouse that shares knowledge and best practices from its farms, labs, institutes and innovation hubs with residents and businesses in the state. Behind the scenes, NJAES teams are doing complex work that requires diverse skillsets, hands-on experience and keen problem-solving abilities. The New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center (AIC) is an NJAES …

Overfishing of Atlantic Cod Likely Did Not Cause Genetic Changes

Bottom-dwelling fish such as Atlantic cod are often found near structures such as shipwrecks. Photo: NOAA

Study suggests reducing fishing and addressing environmental changes would help cod recover Overfishing likely did not cause the Atlantic cod, an iconic species, to evolve genetically and mature earlier, according to a study led by Rutgers University and the University of Oslo – the first of its kind – with major implications for ocean conservation. “Evolution has been used in …

Nuclear War Could Trigger Big El Niño and Decrease Seafood

Nuclear War Could Trigger Big El Niño and Decrease Seafood

Unprecedented warming in equatorial Pacific Ocean could last up to seven years A nuclear war could trigger an unprecedented El Niño-like warming episode in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, slashing algal populations by 40 percent and likely lowering the fish catch, according to a Rutgers-led study. The research, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, shows that turning to the oceans …

Big Differences in How Coral Reef Fish Larvae are Dispersed

Rutgers-led research could help scientists improve conservation of species

Rutgers-led research could help scientists improve conservation of species How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons – a Rutgers-led finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species. Right after most coral reef fish hatch, they join a swirling sea of plankton as tiny, …

COVID-19 Pandemic had Big Impact on Commercial Fishing in Northeast

COVID-19 Pandemic had Big Impact on Commercial Fishing in Northeast

Rutgers study shows resilience among fishermen facing market disruptions With restaurants and supply chains disrupted due to the global coronavirus pandemic, two-fifths of commercial fishermen surveyed from Maine through North Carolina did not go fishing earlier this year, according to a Rutgers study that also documented their resilience and adaptation. Of those who kept fishing, nearly all reported a decline …