The Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch (EDAB) at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is looking for a summer intern to work closely the branch to aid in the extension of a multispecies model (HYDRA). HYDRA is a length-based multispecies, multi-fleet model focused on Georges Bank, based on the concept of place-based management, a defining requirement for ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM). Currently the model simulates the growth, reproduction, interaction, and harvesting of ten species. These species account for approximately 90 percent of landings of all fish species on Georges Bank over the period 1977-2014. EDAB’s intent is to extend the model to include three additional species (pollock, red hake, and white hake).
A successful applicant will be tasked with gathering information for the additional species mentioned above. Specifically, for each species, the applicant will be tasked to find:
* The maximum length a fish can grow
* The species distribution/range
* Length at age data/information
* Length and weight data/information
* Stomach content data/information
* Determine predators and prey
* Determine the types of fishing gear used to catch the species
If time permits, and the applicant has programming skills, there will be opportunities for the applicant to fit simple models to the data collected (for example von Bertalanffy growth equations). The applicant will be expected to locate and read pertinent scientific literature and fisheries management plans. In addition the applicant may be required to interact with other fisheries scientists.
The applicant should be comfortable working alone and/or in a group setting.