Research findings for key bay fisheries species

NOAA Fisheries NewsletterFisheries research funded by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) provides science and information to enable natural resource managers to make informed decisions. The NCBO Fisheries Science Symposium is a chance for fisheries scientists in the Bay area to present their research findings and create collaborations. This newsletter is an EcoCheck/NCBO collaboration and summarizes some of the key topics presented at the 2009 symposium.

IAN attends 12th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia

Riverprize winnersBill Dennison and Jane Thomas from IAN attended the 12th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. This year's theme was "Rivers from Source to Sea," and included keynote addresses by Phil Anthony (Director of the Orange County Water District), and Jonathan C. Kaledin (Director of The Nature Conservancy's Blue Water Certification Program), and case study presentations on the Han (Korea), Amur (Russia), and Rhine (Germany) rivers. Feature sessions included discussions on climate change and the future of rivers. The National Riverprize winner was the Oxley Creek Catchment Association, and the winner of the International Riverprize was the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Canada. Ben Longstaff, formerly a Science Integrator with IAN/EcoCheck, is the Science and Research Coordinator at Lake Simcoe.

EBM Tools Network webinar on science communication

Title slide for presentationOn September 30, Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers presented a webinar on tools for science communication for the Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network. Bill was also presenting to a live audience at the State of the Hudson River Watershed Conference in Hyde Park, NY. The web audience included participants from 23 US states and 12 countries, and was followed by a lively discussion on methods and approaches to science communication.

New Chesapeake Bay Program Office Data and Modeling Specialist

Guido YactayoGuido Yactayo has joined UMCES-CBPO as the new Data and Modeling Specialist. Guido comes with five years of experience garnered while working in the International Potato Center in South America. The project's goals were to reduce poverty and to improve natural resource management in Andean regions. Guido has his bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and a masters in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, focusing on nutrient transport modeling in Virginia karst regions. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking and watching independent films and documentaries. He is keen to try snowboarding again this coming winter.