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Squid Around Nantucket: Fisheries, Oceanography, and Ecology
June 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented by Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at the Center for Coastal Studies.
Longfin squid are landed by commercial and recreational fisheries, and are also an important component of both pelagic and inshore food webs. Squid migrate into the waters around Nantucket in spring and summer, where they gather to mate and lay eggs, forming food for a variety of predators, including fish and humans. Squid distribution (when and where they go) is affected by oceanographic variables such as seawater temperature and dissolved oxygen concentration at varying space and time scales. Environmental effects on squid distribution has important implications for availability to predators and fisheries. Present and future research on the effects of the environment and fisheries on squid populations and habitats will be discussed.
Owen Nichols earned his B.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and his M.S. from UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology where he is currently pursuing his PhD. His primary interests include distributional ecology, fisheries oceanography, marine mammal/fishery interactions, and ecosystem-based fishery management. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute awarded Owen Nichols the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award. The honorary award was established in 2013 to recognize the contributions that the GMRI’s first Chief Scientific Officer, John Annala, made to GMRI and to the fisheries science and management community in the northeast.