Fisheries Ecosystem Evalution

To properly manage fisheries, scientists and natural resource managers must possess knowledge about recruitment, diet, growth, and habitats of individual species; they also must understand the relationships of key species to each other and to the ecosystem.

CBL's fishery faculty are involved in several multidisciplinary and multi-institutional surveys and studies aimed at providing a more thorough understanding of little-researched fishes, as well as the interrelationships among species. The results from these long-term efforts will provide the scientific foundation for multispecies management strategies.

The group's research includes surveys of the distribution and abundance of finfish and shellfish, descriptive studies of populations in the communities of the Chesapeake Bay, and process-oriented studies that examine the mechanisms for maintaining fish stocks. The ultimate goal of such endeavors is ecosystem-based management of the Chesapeake Bay's natural resources.

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