Removing Maine River Dams Can Boost Eco-connections

Removing Maine River Dams Can Boost Eco-connections

Courtesy: Umass News & Media Relations  10/2/2019 From their modeling study of fishes and ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine earlier this year, researchers led by graduate student Beatriz dos Santos Dias and her advisor Adrian Jordaan, environmental conservation and director of the Gloucester Marine Station, report that modeling demonstrates that improving river-ocean connectivity by removing dams not only makes more food available to larger species, but would enhance overall ecosystem functioning. They believe this is the first study to use historical, landscape-based estimates of anadromous fish species – those that return from the ocean to freshwater rivers to spawn – in the Gulf of Maine to model ecosystem responses. Increasing the numbers of forage fish such as river herring and Atlantic herring could promote energy flow in the gulf and benefit many other species, such as Atlantic cod, flounder and wildlife including marine mammals and seabirds, they note. Details are in a recent issue of PLOS ONE. “Our study highlights the benefits of increased...
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Andy Danylchuk Receives “Excellence in Public Outreach” Award from American Fisheries Society

Andy Danylchuk Receives “Excellence in Public Outreach” Award from American Fisheries Society

  ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR. ANDY J. DANYLCHUK RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC OUTREACH FROM THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY   (Tampa, FL) August 23, 2017 – Dr. Andy J. Danylchuk, an Associate Professor of Fish Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, received the award for Excellence in Public Outreach today at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The award for Excellence in Public Outreach is presented to an AFS member who goes the "extra mile" in sharing the value of fisheries science/research with the general public through the popular media and other communication channels. “We applaud the distinguished contributions of Dr. Danylchuk and thank him for his continuous efforts to share the value of fisheries science and research,” said AFS President Joe Margraf. Dr. Danylchuk is the Scientific Advisor for the KeepEmWet Fishing initiative (https://www.keepemwet.org), where he has been working with vast networks of recreational anglers, as well...
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