- Mote Marine Laboratory
- NMFS NW Fisheries Science Center
- University of New Hampshire
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Probing the Potential of Marine Stock Enhancement
The Science Consortium for Ocean Replenishment (SCORE) is developing responsible, effective, and scientifically-based marine stock enhancement & restocking technologies. The consortium is a multi-state US initiative to help boost recovery of depleted fisheries.
What is stock enhancement?
The fish and invertebrates that support coastal fisheries are among our Nation's most important natural resources. Sustaining these is much more challenging today than in the past. Stock enhancement entails releasing hatchery-reared juveniles into the wild to augment the natural supply of juveniles and help optimize fishery harvests.
But the effectiveness of stocking is not well understood and techniques for ensuring success have not been developed. To realize the potential of stock enhancement to rapidly replenish fish stocks, better science is needed about stocking juveniles into the sea.
SCORE is conducting the research needed to make stocking effective . The goal is to develop stocking into an economical, environmentally friendly fishery management strategy to be used, when appropriate, along with fishing regulations and habitat protection.
Team Roles in SCORE:
Mote Marine Lab, Hubbs, NMFS Manchester Lab, UNH, USM-GCRL
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