Cooperative Science and Education Program

To support through grants and cooperative agreements, enduring partnerships between the Federal government and institutions of research and higher education for cooperative science and education on marine issues, especially living marine resources and their habitat, that confront local, regional, and
national resources managers; also, to award grants and cooperative agreements to develop innovative approaches and methods for marine and estuarine science and education.
Examples of Funded Projects

Alaska Center: JISAO at the University of Washington was supported to provide for the study of biological and physical factors affecting the recruitment of walleye pollock in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea to improve our ability to predict year class recruitment to the commercial fishery; to study the acoustic properties of fish of the north Pacific, develop visualization tools to increase the understanding of using sound to survey fish populations, investigate equipment and methods used to acoustically enumerate, size, and map fish distributions, and to foster the training of students and researchers in the use of acoustics to assess fish populations; and to provide for the study of food habitats of groundfish, the effects of fishing on the distribution of pollock in the Gulf of Alaska and the distributional behavior of Atka mackerel.

Research at CIFAR was conducted on the use of genetic markers to describe the population structure of Pacific Ocean Perch and to use genetics to study the possibility of two species of rougheye rockfish.

Northeast Center: Research to support the management of living marine resources.

Evaluating the potential effects of habitat alterations and determine if benthic fish assemblages and biomass differ at and away from sand ridges.

Documenting and understanding the behavioral interactions between cetaceans and trawl fishing gear in the Western Atlantic.

Also, research aimed at studying the decline of Atlantic bluefish stocks.

Focus on investigating the relationship between bluefish and striped bass populations, changes in bluefish food stocks, whether the bluefish have declined or migrated elsewhere, and other factors which bear upon the status of bluefish and striped bass stocks.

Continuation of a program which has developed an extensive database on Western North Atlantic right whales and other protected marine species.

A cooperative agreement was established to conduct Atlantic Salmon Communication Network Assessment to Focus Education, Outreach and Collaboration.

A fish habitat study to be carried out by undergraduate students applying fishery techniques, water quality monitoring and GIS methodology in characterizing selected fish habitats in an urbanized tributary of the Chesapeake Bay estuarine system.

Southeast Center: Characterizing conditions under which fisheries and cetaceans co-occur along the eastern U.S.


Funded research to verify and improve age determination in endangered marine turtle species.

Establishing a web-based resource to expand opportunities for under-represented groups in the marine and environmental sciences.

Northwest Center: Feeding and growth of juvenile salmonids off the Oregon and Washington coasts; ocean survival of salmonids relative to migrational timing, fish health, predation and oceanographic conditions in the Columbia River plume and adjacent coastal waters; disease and survival of juvenile salmon in the estuarine and nearshore ocean environment; undergraduate and graduate research, groundfish stock assessment and habitat research.

Southwest Center: JIMO at the University of California was supported to provide satellite data processing; research vessel for "Egg and larval fish production from marine ecological reserves" cruise; genetic population structure of central California coastal Salmonid populations; cooperative studies of Pacific Coast salmon; ocean and esturarine physiological ecology of salmon.

JIMAR at the University of Hawaii was supported to provide pelagic fisheries visiting scientists program; tropic ecology and structured-associated aggregation behavior in Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna in Hawaii-based commercial longline fishery; distribution, histories,andrecent catch trends with six fish taxa taken as inci dental catch by the Hawaii-based commercial longline fishery; recreational fisheries meta data preliminary steps; development of oceanographic atlases for Pelagic and insular fisheries and resource management of the pacific basin; pop-Off satellite archival tags to chronicle the survival and movements of blue sharks following release from longline gear; developing biochemical and physiological predictors of long term survival in released blue shark; survivorship, migration, and diving patterns of sea turtles released from commercial longline gear determined with pop-up satellite archival transmitters; pelagic fisheries research program management; pelagic fisheries research management-modeling and tag design; and Hawaii regional tuna tagging project.

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Office - Program contacts: Alaska: Mr. James M.

Coe, Deputy Director, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Pt.

Way NE., Bldg.

4, Seattle, WA 98115-6349.

Telephone: (206) 526-4000.

Fax: (206) 526-4004.


Northeast: Dr. Ken Sherman, Chief, Office of Marine Ecosystem Studies, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 28 Tarzwell Drive, Narragansett, RI, 02882.

Telephone: (401) 782-3211.

Fax: 401-782-3201.


Northwest: Dr. Robert Iwamoto, OMI Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097.

Telephone: (206) 860-3200.

Fax: (206) 860-3442.


Southeast: Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13th Ave.

South, St.

Petersburg, FL 33701, Telephone (727) 824-5324.

Fax: (727) 824-5364.

Southwest: Dr. Richard Neal, Deputy Science Director, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92038-1508.

Telephone: (858) 546-7066.

Fax: (858) 546-7003.