July 11, 2014

New Bedford Standard-Times: UMass marine scientists get $4.4M research grants

July 11, 2014

NOAA is directing $4.4 million over the next two years to scallop researchers at SMAST through the Northeast Cooperative Research Program.

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, a researcher at the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology, is involved in most of the projects that are being funded with the grants. Stokesbury was behind the invention of the video scallop survey methods that upended federal fisheries scientists' understanding of how many scallops were on the ocean floor off New England.

His work resulted in changed regulations and a booming scallop industry.


The grants are for scallop fishery bycatch avoidance, $678,955; broad-scale video survey of the open areas of Georges Bank, $2.8 million; high-resolution video survey and biological sampling of the Northern Area of Closed Area I on Georges Bank, $438,898; and tracking the occurrence of gray meat in Atlantic sea scallops, $572,123. Gray meat refers to old and less marketable scallops.

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