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Posted Tue Nov 4 2008: from Bay Journal:
NOAA takes stock of assessment scientists and comes up short
Now, it turns out that there's a shortage of scientists to tell us that there's a shortage of fish. A new federal report warns that the nation is facing a critical shortage of stock assessment scientists, the specialists who crunch numbers from various surveys to estimate the abundance of various fish populations.... Miller noted that many important species that live entirely in the Chesapeake have never had stock assessments, including such species as oysters, soft clams, razer clams, horseshoe crabs, catfish and white perch, "All would be eminently suitable candidates for an assessment, but there simply are not the staff around to do it," he said.
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