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Large Pelagics Research Center

The Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) strives to improve the science and management of large pelagic species by obtaining crucial insights needed to support sustainable fisheries, ecosystem health, and restoration of endangered species. We conduct cooperative research with New England and Gulf of Mexico fisherman on Atlantic bluefin tuna migration, population biology and ecology, as well as sharks, sea turtles, and ocean sunfish, using state-of-the-art technologies. The LPRC hosts workshops to advance bluefin science, and brings together top fisheries scientists, graduate students, and fishers, and also provides graduate and undergraduate training in fisheries science and technology. Our LPRC team helped develop innovative bluefin fisheries stock assessment methods and provided influential tagging results used by ICCAT (Intl. Comm. For Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) stock assessment scientists. Our New England-centered leatherback sea turtle research engages fishermen partners to satellite tag and track these endangered species in order to identify turtle foraging habitats and mitigate fisheries interactions. We co-hosted the 2nd International Symposium on the Electronic Tagging and Tracking of Marine Fish (San Sebastian, Spain, Oct 8–11, 2007), and participate as Scientific Steering Committee members in the new international initiative, Climate Change Impacts on Top Predators (CLIOTOP).

To learn more, please visit our website or contact: Molly Lutcavage, Ph.D., Director, Large Pelagics Research Center Associate Research Professor - Department of Zoology University of New Hampshire , Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-2891 Fax: 603-862-3784 Email: molly.lutcavage@unh.edu Web: www.tunalab.org