Brendan J. Runde
PhD Student, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
2017 – M.S. Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, NC State
2013 – B.S. Biology and Fisheries Science, Summa Cum Laude, Virginia Tech
For decades, fishery managers in the US southeast and around the globe have struggled to find a solution to the downward trend in stocks of deepwater reef fishes. This fishery is comprised of generally long-lived bottom-dwelling species, many of which have historical value as food fish. High rates of bycatch and associated mortality have resulted in the decline and near-extirpation of some species that were once prevalent, which has caused a paradigm shift in the availability of these fish to recreational and commercial fishers alike. My dissertation research compares two management options that are frequently touted as solutions to a variety of problems in marine fisheries (including imperilment of deepwater reef fishes): spatial closures and modification to gear or release procedure.
For investigating spatial closures, I am leading a study to evaluate the effect of the Snowy Wreck Marine Protected Area relative to a control area. This study incorporates historical (pre-MPA-designation) data from both sites. This study is a collaborative effort between NCSU, National Marine Fisheries Service, UNC Wilmington, and local commercial and charter fishermen.