Short-Lived Species Workshop - September 4th and 5th, 2013

On September 4-5, 2013, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF), in partnership with MARACOOS and Rutgers University, organized and hosted a workshop on the subject of short-lived species. The goal of the workshop was to identify research/data needs to support a better understanding of the changes in abundance and distribution, ecological role, and the responses to changing environmental factors of short-lived species, and develop possible options for moving forward.  The term short-lived species, for the purposes of the workshop, was defined as longfin squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) , Illex squid (Illex illecebrosus)  and butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus).

Participants included representatives from the commercial fishing industry, academic and private research institutions, NMFS, RI DEM, RI Sea Grant Program, staff of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, a private consulting firm, MARACOOS, and the CFRF.  Financial support for the workshop was provided by the CFRF through NOAA Award #NA08NMF4720595and MARACOOS.  The workshop steering group consisted of Peter Moore, Stakeholder Liaison, MARACOOS;  Joshua Kohut, Assistant Professor, Physical Oceanography, Rutgers University; and Peg Petruny-Parker, CFRF Executive Director.


Final Summary Report, click here.

Workshop agenda, click here.

List of workshop participants, click here.

Preliminary notes - Summary, click here.


1.  "Atlantic Butterfish, Peprilus triacanthus" - Charles Adams, NEFSC Population Dynamics Branch 

2.  "Doryteuthis (Amerigo) pealeii"  and "Illex illecebrosos" - Lisa Hendrickson, NEFSC, Population Dynamics Branch

3.   "Beyond "forage fish": The role of short-lived species in marine food webs" - Olaf Jensen, Rutgers - Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

4.  "Distribution & Migratory Patterns" - Jim Gartland, VIMS

5.   "Some thoughts on recent changes over the continental shelf and slope in the Middle Atlantic Bight" - Glen Gawarkiewicz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

6.  "Models" - John Manderson, NEFSC, Behavioral Ecology Branch

7.  "Data Management: Thinking Forward" - Melanie Schroeder Gearon, RPS Applied Science Associates, Inc.