On April 8-10,
MIT Sea Grant hosted an international workshop on the application
of passive acoustics in fisheries. This workshop brought together
experts in passive acoustics as it applies to fisheries, marine
conservations issues and the identification of essential fish habitats.
The 'hands-on' workshop drew over 50 international experts drawn
from fisheries, fish biology, acoustics, signal processing, underwater
technology and other related fields.
Because of its non-invasive nature, passive acoustic technologies
hold special promise in helping to resolve many of our current fisheries
issues. However, it has been largely ignored in the northwest Atlantic
in the study of fishes important in the marine food chain and for
commercial exploitation. It is also a technique that is amenable
to cooperative research with commercial fishermen, who can bring
their own knowledge to such studies.
As a result of the workshop, a compelling research agenda is being
formed. A proceedings of the workshop will be published and the
role of passive acoustics is helping achieve sustainable fisheries
will be presented to the fishing and fisheries research communities.
For more information on the workshop contact the organizers listed
Rodney Rountree, SMAST, UMass Dartmouth rrountree@UMassD.Edu
Clifford A. Goudey, Marine Advisory Leader, MIT Sea Grant
Tony Hawkins, email@example.com
Sponsors: MIT Sea Grant College Program,, Office
of Naval Research, and National Undersea Research Program. Co-sponsors