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USGS Scientists Participate in Workshop on GIS and Ocean Mapping in Support of Fisheries Research and Management

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists presented their research at a workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant College Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center on April 11, 2006, in Cambridge, Mass. The workshop focused on the needs and challenges of using ocean mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) to support fisheries management and research, with an emphasis on the U.S. eastern seaboard from Cape Hatteras northward. (For more information, see the workshop announcement.) The workshop program emphasized poster presentations and informal discussions, with a small number of oral presentations to provide an overview of needs, methods, and organizational programs.

One invited speaker was John Haines, program coordinator for the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP), who presented the program's sea-floor-mapping activities. Haines emphasized the importance of working as partners and the need to integrate a geologic framework into the knowledge base for all aspects of ocean management. Scientists from the USGS Woods Hole Science Center who attended the workshop to present posters included Seth Ackerman (also affiliated with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management), Brian Andrews, Matt Arsenault, Walter Barnhardt, Brian Buczkowski, Brad Butman, Jane Denny, Larry Poppe, Page Valentine, and Jeff Williams (all of the USGS CMGP). Bill Schwab, chief scientist of the Woods Hole Science Center, served on the workshop steering committee.

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