Cooperative research is a team effort! But what is it exactly? It's research that involves NOAA scientists as well as recreational and/or commercial fishermen. On this episode, we explore a few different kinds of cooperative research that citizens and recreational and commercial fishers have participated in—just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week!
We talk to Dr. Melissa Monk, a stock assessment scientist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and John Harms, a research biologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. They both conduct cooperative research that informs stock assessments and management on the West Coast, working with private charter boat crews to gather necessary data. And they both agree the benefits of cooperative research in studying our fisheries are almost too numerous to list.
Dive into the process of cooperative research to learn how it is helping us to collect key biological information about the many rockfish species we manage on the West Coast and glean insights on their population status.