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NHEERL Scientists Receive National Fish Habitat Award for Scientific Achievement

Stephen J. Jordan, Lisa M. Smith, and Janet A. Nestlerode of NHEERL's Gulf Ecology Division were selected for the National Fish Habitat Scientific Achievement Award. The organization cited their work as follows.

A group of the nation's leading authorities on aquatic conservation, the National Fish Habitat Board, will honor two exceptional organizations and two individual champions in aquatic resource conservation at the Second Annual National Fish Habitat Awards ceremony on April 27, 2009, at the Jim Range National Casting Call (http://www.nationalcastingcall.com Exit EPA Disclaimer ) hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

From nominations submitted by the hundreds of organizations that comprise the National Fish Habitat Partners Coalition, the awardees demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to fish habitat conservation, science, and education. They are leading by example to help resolve the nation's most significant fisheries problems. . . . The team of Jordan, Smith, and Nestlerode has broken new ground in quantifying the value of nursery habitats to a major fishery and ecological resource. In their research article (Cumulative Effects of Habitat Alterations on Fishery Resources: Prediction at Regional Scales [http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art16/ Exit EPA Disclaimer ]) published in Ecology and Society, they have modeled how the detailed spatial extent and distribution of marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation affect blue crab recruitment at the scale of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and shown how the model can be used to predict the effects of habitat alteration on the fishery. The novel modeling concepts applied to this research can be used more widely in quantitative analysis of the consequences of fish habitat loss and restoration at spatial and temporal scales.

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