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First Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries

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The new chair is only the second industry research chair of the Marine Institute (MI) and has received an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and the Marine Institute (MI) to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted.

Ocean Choice International and the provincial government, through InnovateNL, will each contribute $500,000 and additional funding will be leveraged against the chair through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) and MI while the Robert and Edith Skinner Wildlife Management Fund at the Fisheries and Marine Institute will provide $500,000 over the next five years. This money will support the work of the chair and the hiring of two research scientists in fish stock assessment.

With the formation of this chair, MI's leadership role in fisheries research will be furthered, a leadership role that was established with the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research and will contribute to MI’s role in advancing unique, interdisciplinary ocean-related research and innovation within the Ocean Frontier Institute.

The goal of the chair is to further the state-of-the-art and current practice in fish stock assessment and focus on sustainability and requirements for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries and specifically those on the Grand Banks, N.L., including but not limited to American plaice, yellowtail flounder, Greenland halibut and redfish.

To read the full article in The Gazette, click here.