To effectively manage and conserve the ocean’s resources, decision makers need sound scientific data. We use cutting-edge technology to investigate critical fisheries issues, providing resource managers with the information they need to improve species, fisheries, and ecosystem management.

The Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies (FSET) Program delivers the scientific data fisheries managers and conservation leaders need to make responsible and informed decisions about some of the ocean’s most ecologically- and economically-important species. Through the development and utilization of cutting-edge technology, FSET delivers sound data on key factors including: movement patterns, biology, life-history, population structure, and response to acute or long-term stressors—all of which are necessary improve the management and conservation of threatened and data-poor species.  We work pioneer new technologies and methodologies that address these data deficiencies and provide timely answers to pivotal management and conservation questions.

The cornerstone of FSET research is our innovative use of cutting-edge technology.  Our electronic tagging technologies—including acoustic and satellite telemetry and high-resolution acceleration data loggers—allow us to achieve unprecedented insight into the lives of marine species and to explore novel approaches to significant issues.

We develop and utilize cutting-edge technology to answer important questions for fisheries management and species conservation.
- Nick Whitney, Ph.D. Anderson Cabot Center Senior Scientist and FSET Program Chair

Integral to FSET’s success are the strong relationships we have forged with industry partners within commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as state and federal management entities. By working side-by-side with our fishing industry partners, we greatly enhance the objectivity and applicability of our research, and facilitate the translation of our findings into responsible fishing practices. Our close connection to management bodies also ensures the rapid incorporation of our results into fisheries management and conservation processes and policies.

Learn more about specific research projects:

  1. [IMG] Anderson Cabot Center scientist Emily Jones measure a haddock.

    Discard Mortality

    For healthy populations of fished species, we need to understand the rate at which released fish die and the factors that influence mortality.

  2. [IMG] Anderson Cabot Center Scientist Nick Whitney tags a shark.

    Sharks and Rays

    Our research on elasmobranchs focuses on delivering scientific data to improve the management and conservation of threatened or data-poor species.

  3. [IMG] New England Aquarium researchers are working with a rescued sea turtle.

    Sea Turtles

    Our researchers document the physical and physiologic effects of human interactions and natural phenomena on sea turtle health.