The Science of Counting Fish, June 18

New Bedford Harbor and its famed fishing fleet, as seen from the Whaling Museum cupola.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will host the New England Science Writers and other journalists as they delve into “The Science of Counting Fish” on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater.

The discussion will focus on new technologies that are under development that will help to more accurately “count” fish. These new methods for assessing fish populations promise to put an end to disputes over whether or not fisheries are being overfished, not just in this part of the world but most everywhere. Case in point: On Massachusetts’ South Coast, fishermen and some scientists claim that reports of overfishing are “a myth,” while other marine scientists and government officials claim that certain species are dangerously overfished, which has led to the implementation of catch limits – limits that, according to the fishing community, are too harsh.

Assessing fish populations has always been an inexact science. But that is changing. Joining us to speak about these technologies are ocean engineer Hanumant Singh, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and marine biologist Kevin Stokesbury, School for Marine Science & Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Both scientists are at the forefront of new approaches, and they will describe why the old ways of counting fish can be so misleading and the advantages of these new technologies.

Admission to the talk: $10/per person at the door, which includes admission to all Museum galleries. To attend, please email Ann Parson: parson-a@verizon.net by June 16th.

New England Science Writers is a professional organization of about 240 reporters, writers, freelancers, producers, bloggers, authors and communicators. NESW hosts meetings and workshops and provides other forums to network and keep up with the rapidly changing worlds of science, technology and journalism. NESW communicates with its members primarily by email, including job announcements and freelance opportunities. We are based in the Boston area with members mostly from the New England region of the United States.

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