Coral Reef Fisheries

We are working to combine field data collection, simulation modeling, and observational studies for multi-species coral reef fisheries in Indonesia where products will lead to the development of assessment and management frameworks.

Tropical deep reef fisheries

Deepwater demersal fisheries in Indonesia developed in the late 1970s and little data is available to manage stocks. Our work will aid in identifying methods for improving data collection to enable the establishment of harvest control rules this snapper-grouper fishery.

underwater sonar

Based in Narragansett Bay, this project will serve as a proof of concept for using cutting-edge hydroacoustic technology for fisheries assessments. Such advances will allow managers to more accurately determine sustainable fishing levels of small pelagic species.

Coral reef restoration

There is growing interest in coral restoration as a tool to mitigate anthropogenic impacts, but the social and ecological feasibility is unknown. Using a multidisciplinary lens, our research seeks to critically examine coral restoration using a case study in Indonesia. 

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Pelagic sardine species form the backbone for coastal fisheries in Ghana, but catches have been declining rapidly over the last decade. We hope to provide management solutions by simulating population dynamics under seasonal and spatial closures.

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Integrated KELP Aquaculture

Incorporating cold-water seaweed crops such as kelp into existing Rhode Island shellfish farms requires minimal equipment and maintenance, and can benefit farmers by increasing and diversifying crop production in a sustainable way.