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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

Evolving Challenges in Fisheries Science (and How We Are Tackling Them)

by Katie Poser on 2020-06-16T16:16:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

Slides: Env'l Leadership Webinar_Evolving Challenges in Fisheries Science, and How We are Tackling Them.pdf

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Date: June 9, 2020

Speaker: Francisco (Cisco) Werner PhD, Director of Scientific Programs & Chief Science Advisor of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service

Abstract: NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. Our mission is to ensure productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems, all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. In the past 5 years, our science and advice to management have required that we consider - among others - remarkable changes in our environment and expansions in the multi-sectoral uses of coastal regions. At the same time, we have benefited from rapid advances in scientific and technological capabilities, such as molecular (‘omics) methods, artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, and computational capabilities. As such, it is fair to say that we are at a pivot point in the science needed to address upcoming challenges. A discussion of next steps in our science will be presented.

Bio: Francisco “Cisco” Werner is Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor of U.S. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. In this capacity, he leads NOAA Fisheries' efforts to provide the science needed to support sustainable fisheries and ecosystems and to continue our nation's progress in ending overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, saving critical species, and preserving vital habitats. As director, Cisco supervises the planning, development, and management of a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research. He oversees NOAA's six regional Fisheries Science Centers and the Office of Science and Technology. Cisco’s research has focused on the study of the oceanic environment through numerical models of ocean circulation and marine ecosystems. He has studied the effects of physical forcing on lower trophic levels and the subsequent effect on the structure, function and abundance of commercially and ecologically important species, and he has contributed to the development and implementation of ocean forecasting systems. Cisco past appointments include being the Director of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Director and Professor of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Professor and Chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Marine Sciences, and he served as Chair of the GLOBEC (Global Ecosystem Dynamics) Program. Cisco received a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Oceanography, both from the University of Washington.

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