Getting scientific in Alaska

Jamal Moss wants to do an in-depth study of the Gulf of Alaska’s fisheries. Here is a report on Moss’ quest.

From the story:

One of the goals of the project is to gather information so that fisheries managers can “begin to ask the right questions for what it is we’re seeking to monitor,” Moss said.

As an example, Moss pointed to a study of pollock in the Bering Sea. Prior to the study, Moss said, body size was thought to be the key indicator of winter survival for pollock, but after information was analyzed it was revealed that body fat was a better indicator in determining the survival rate of young fish.

“The area off the coast of the Southeast Alaska archipelago hasn’t been studied before,” Moss said.

Good luck to Moss and the others on this project.  I am fascinated at how ecosystems are affected by both easy to identify but also subtle changes or variables that are only recognized by experts in their field of study.