Thanks to a $1.7 million award from the National Science Foundation, UMCES is rebuilding the historic 750-foot research pier at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Since 1936, the pier has played an instrumental role in the research conducted at the laboratory, collecting data on climate change, fisheries management and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Read on...
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One of the greatest environmental policy challenges facing society today is maintaining the health of our oceans and the ecosystems they support. As our human population continues to grow, we must be mindful of how our decisions impact the seas and their fisheries.
This month, we highlight two UMCES programs that link the power of scientific discovery and personal communication to involve, educate and inform stakeholder groups about contentious environmental policy issues - fisheries management and marine managed areas.
By fostering a better understanding among the public and policymakers, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is living up to our mission to provide thorough analysis and the best scientific advice while helping ensure we leave a sustainable planet to future generations.
Don Boesch, President
Improving Fisheries Management through Science & Understanding
In an era when fisheries management is rife with controversy, new research led by a team of UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory fisheries scientists shows that a new, stakeholder-driven process can improve the way we manage fisheries targeted by both commercial and recreational interests. The team, led by CBL professor Tom Miller, have documented how their "FishSmart" approach worked for the king mackerel fishery along the Southeast U.S. Coast. Read on...
Bringing "Science to Action" with Conservation International
Translating complex scientific analyses to broader audiences is critical to helping policymakers and the public understand today's most pressing environmental issues. Without that base understanding, crafting sound public policy solutions is difficult, if not impossible. To provide that foundation, one of the nation's leading environmental organizations, Conservation International, has partnered with the UMCES Integration and Application Network to help tell the story of how marine managed areas can help communities adapt to climate change and create an environmentally and economically sustainable future. Read on...
Globally eminent, locally relevant The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science harnesses the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today's most pressing environmental problems, the Center is developing new ideas to help guide our state, nation, and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future.