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DFO Research scientist (RES) opportunity

Date Posted: 28-Feb-24

Ecological monitoring plans for Gulf Region marine refuges, with focus on the Scallop Buffer Zones

Project: Lead the development of an ecological monitoring plan, including researching indicators, for the Scallop Buffer Zones (SBZ), designated as marine refuges by DFO in 2017. Contribute to the development of additional monitoring plans under development by the Marine Conservation Section (Science Branch – DFO Gulf Region).

Location: Gulf Fisheries Centre, Moncton, NB Full-time from spring 2024 to March 31st, 2026 (2 year term under MCT funding).

Language: English essential RES level and rates of pay dependent on candidate’s experience (evaluated upon hiring).

Background information: The Scallop Buffer Zones are large coastal marine refuges based on scallop fishery closures that help protect benthic habitat and its biodiversity. The primary conservation objective relates to the protection of juvenile lobster and its habitat. Since its designation as a marine refuge under the Marine Conservation Targets, our Science section is tasked with developing an ecological monitoring plan to assess the status and trends of species of interest, their habitat, and general biodiversity, in relation to the fishery closure (effectiveness monitoring) and other environmental pressures and threats (climate change, anthropogenic impacts) occurring in the area. In collaboration with other scientists/subject matter experts, the candidate will also aid in the development of ecological monitoring plans for other Gulf Region marine refuges (see map above for all areas).

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