FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Martha Wilson
(Tampa, FL) August 23, 2017 – Brendan Runde of North Carolina State University received the Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. In honor of Steven Berkeley’s contributions to marine ecology, conservation biology, and fisheries science, the Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation.
“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Brendan Runde and thank him for his continuous efforts to research marine conservation,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.
Brendan is a PhD student in Dr. Jeffrey Buckel’s laboratory at NC State. He received his B.S. from Virginia Tech (2013) and his M.S. from NC State (2017). Brendan’s research focuses on estimating and reducing bycatch mortality in reef fish. He is examining the efficacy of marine protected areas for enhancing fish populations and conducting experiments testing the survival of deepwater groupers returned to capture depths with descender devices.
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About AFS: Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.