Project Plan for the Ocean Modeling Forums Working Group on Marine Mammal Bycatch
The Ocean Modeling Forum has convened a working group in response to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Import Provisions, issued in 2016 by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The rule requires nations that wish to continue exporting fish or fish products to the United States to adhere to bycatch standards comparable to those of the United States.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Dr. Charles Greene, Dr. Kimberley Davies, and Dr. Erin Meyer-Gutbrod provided an overview of a new project to understand if North Atlantic right whales are moving north in response to climate-driven shifts in prey distribution.
Atlantic menhaden is an important prey species for several marine predators, as well as the basis of the largest fishery on the u.s. east coast. Managers at the atlantic states marine fisheries commission (asmfc) are pursuing the development of ecological reference points (erps) to help them sustain both the fishery and the species that rely on menhaden as food.
About Our Program
The Lenfest Ocean Program is a grantmaking program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences.