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CCPO Seminar Today to Explore Effects of Intense Recreational Fishing

Can recreational fishing stress marine populations as much as commercial fishing? Miguel Palmer, a scientist from Spain's Balearic Islands, will discuss his work on this topic at a seminar Monday, March 29, sponsored by Old Dominion University's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO).

His presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 in Room 3200 of the Innovation Research Park Building 1. A reception with refreshments begins at 3.

Palmer, who works with the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies on the island of Mallorca, does research on coastal recreational fishing in the Balearic Islands Sea. In these waters, commercial fishing is declining while recreational fishing is booming. He has found that fish populations subjected to intense recreational fishing display characteristics - for example, fishes overall become smaller and younger - similar to populations subjected to intense commercial fishing.

Scientists and governments have long been monitoring commercial catches and their effects on fish populations. But doing the same for recreational fishing is more difficult. Palmer is developing new ways to estimate recreational catches and evaluate their effects.

This article was posted on: March 29, 2010

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