Steve Cadrin: Our organization is both a graduate school as well as a research institute where we teach interdisciplinary marine science and apply that to marine resources and fisheries is one of our strengths.
Several of the projects we've worked on have actually been in collaboration with GMRI. The cod tagging project probably first and foremost. But we have another collaboration going on now that's working with the fisheries to avoid by-catch.
John Annala: I think there's two other good examples as well; one is a monkfish work that is going on. GMRI has had a series of monkfish projects over the last few years. Graham Sherwood has been running the monkfish tagging program and more recently working with Krista Banks at SMAST on an aging project on monkfish that's showing some very, or I think very astounding results. The other project is the GEARNET project where GMRI has the contract, but as the name says, GEARNET stands for gear network. So it's a conservation engineering project that Steve Eayrs is now heading up and Pingguo He who is a scientist at SMAST is one of the other co-PI's on the project.
Steve Cadrin: The reason that it's such an effective partnership between SMAST and GMRI is that many of our problems are regional and in order to partner with local fisheries we really need to distribute our scientific capacities.
John Annala: I really believe that we've laid the ground work for a very good partnership moving forward and hopefully we can continue and expand our collaboration into other areas as well as we move forward as two separate institutions.
Steve Cadrin: Well that's right and what's exciting about the field we're in is that it is expanding. Most of the collaborations between SMAST and GMRI have been entirely focused on fisheries science whether its field sampling, lab studies, biology, fishery management, but they have all been fairly mainstream fisheries. But fisheries itself is expanding to more of an ecosystem bases to both fishery management and integrating fishery management with management of other human uses and I think both SMAST and GMRI are well suited for that transition. The challenge for us is to scientifically stay one step ahead of the integrated management. In the U.S. we now have an ocean policy which is toward integration it's a great challenge to us but it's also a great opportunity to us and these collaborations that have been productive in the mainstream fisheries I expect to be successful in the broader ecosystem bases to fishery management.