In Puget Sound, WA, rockfish abundance has significantly declined over the last 50+ years as a result of commercial and recreational fishing, life-history characteristics and the isolated geography of Puget Sound. In 2010, this decline resulted in listing three species of rockfish under the Endangered Species Act: yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish and bocaccio.
Learn from Kelly Andrews, NOAA Fisheries biologist, how cooperative research between scientists and recreational fishers has helped to better understand rockfish genetic distinctions, leading to canary rockfish being removed from the Endangered Species list in early 2017.
Learn how underwater robots (ROVs) are being used by the science team now and into the future to determine population abundance, and how that will aid recovery planning for the remaining species.
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Kelly is a research fisheries biologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Most recently, Kelly has been leading efforts to collaborate with the recreational fishing community in Puget Sound to answer management questions related to the conservation and management of rockfish in Puget Sound. This has included research projects related to the genetic structure and connectivity of rockfishpopulations inside and outside of Puget Sound; the development of coordinated young-of-year rockfish monitoring; and the efficacy of reducing rockfish bycatch in recreational fisheries. In addition, Kelly is the lead of the Human Activities component of NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the California Current. This includes identifying, monitoring and analyzing indicators of human activities at various scales across the U.S. West Coast. Kelly is also highly interested in the behavior of groundfish species as it relates to their spatial and temporal use of specific habitats using acoustic tracking technology. This has included research on sixgill and sevengill sharks, white-spotted ratfish, spiny dogfish, lingcod, rockfish, lion’s mane jellyfish and seastars.