Adapting to Shifts in Marine Species Due to Climate Change Research Available on New Website

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

During the past 18 months, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution Malin Pinsky has published two papers documenting and exploring the implications of the trend of marine species shifting to cooler waters as a result of climate change. He and his team have found that the shift northward is happening at different rates among the species not because of their biological differences but due to the rate and direction of climate change in their waters. A new website has been created with the data behind this research available to explain how the ecology, business and economics of sport and commercial fishing are connected to the effects of global warming and the difficulty in adapting to the resulting changes. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Climate change driving fish north, Rutgers research shows

What fishermen have seen for years has now been confirmed- and mapped – by a group of Rutgers researchers, that warmer ocean waters have caused fish to seek their ideal temperatures farther north… Last week, the Rutgers team released data and charts to the public showing more than 60 species and how they migrated over the last 40 years. The average drift northward is 0.7 of a degree latitude, and 15 meters deeper in the water, Pinsky’s work found. "We’re seeing a trend of many species shifting northward and shifting deeper," said Malin Pinsky, a marine biologist leading the Rutgers team. "It is a sea change – and it affects fisheries quite a bit."

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Undergraduate Wins American Fisheries Society’s Best Poster Award

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

Collin Dobson and his award-winning poster.

SEBS student Collin Dobson (Marine Sciences ’15), an intern at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, won the Best Poster award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting in Lewes, DE, on Nov. 8.

Dobson’s poster, titled “Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Biology of Commercial Catch and Population Distribution,” described research he conducted this past summer in Bivalve, NJ, as part of the Research Internships in Ocean Sciences program in the Department of Marine Science. [Read more…]

Student Interns Tackle Oyster Disease Ecology at Haskin Lab

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

L-R: William Shroer, Lauren Huey and Joseph Looney at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

Ecologically diverse communities are resilient communities. But can this diversity also help prevent the spread of disease? This question was at the heart of research conducted during experiments conducted by student interns at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Bivalve, New Jersey. As part of a collaborative project with Old Dominion University, that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Rutgers undergraduate students Joseph Looney, William Schroer and Lauren Huey ran experiments that examined how oysters get sick. [Read more…]

Collaborative Workshop Promotes Science-Based Approach to Manage Shellfish Diseases

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) joined with scientific colleagues, shellfish farmers, and government officials in October to explore options for improving management of oyster and clam diseases along the East Coast of the U.S., in light of the region’s rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

VIMS' Ryan Carnegie address workshop participants.

VIMS’ Ryan Carnegie addresses workshop participants.

The partners met at VIMS’ Gloucester Point campus for a two-day workshop whose goal, says VIMS Research Associate Professor Ryan Carnegie, was to “identify strategies for a regional, science-based approach to shellfish management, one that facilitates interstate commerce while minimizing health risks to cultured and wild populations.” Carnegie directs the Shellfish Pathology Lab at VIMS, which performs dozens of health evaluations for industry each year.

Health risks to shellfish include oyster diseases such as MSX, SSO, and Dermo; as well as the clam disease QPX. These diseases don’t affect humans, but they do threaten the health of infected shellfish (both farmed and wild), and the operations and profitability of shellfish growers.

Carnegie co-hosted the event with David Bushek, director of HSRL, VIMS colleague Karen Hudson, Rutgers New Jersey Sea Grant Aquaculture Progam Coordinator Lisa Calvo, and USDA’s Lori Gustafson and Lynn Creekmore of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (APHIS VS). [Read more…]