National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA)

“Fisherman Scientists” (5 minutes and 29 seconds, all ages)

“What does it take to be a Physical Science Technician at Sandy Hook’s James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab? Join Jeffrey Pessutti as he discusses his current cooperative research with the commercial fishing industry. Learn about some of the ways the Lab is working with commercial fishermen to better understand fish habitats, populations, and our environment. The fishing industry’s expertise and experience on the water helps to improve these scientific studies.”

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. The Lab provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems – all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. Visit the NOAA Fisheries website to learn more.

The James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab is uniquely situated in the Mid-Atlantic, on the Sandy Hook peninsula located about 12 miles from New York City. The primary mission of the Howard Lab is to conduct research in ecology, leading to a better understanding of both coastal and estuarine organisms and the effects of human activities on nearshore marine populations. Visit the Lab’s website to learn more.