Heath Stone

Biologist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Mr. Stone has a broad background in marine ecology and fisheries biology and an in-depth knowledge of the various fisheries and fisheries related issues in Atlantic Canada. He has extensive research experience and has worked on a variety of fisheries resource assessments dealing with marine fish, marine invertebrates and diadromous fish species. His work is recognized by international fisheries organizations such as the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the United States National Marine Fisheries Service.

Some recent highlights of his research include:

  • Leading collaborative studies with the Canadian fishing industry to determine seasonal distribution and transboundary movements of large pelagic and groundfish species through cooperative tagging programs.
  • Fostering beneficial relationships with the fishing industry and international scientists to improve the scientific basis for the development of management advice.
  • Developing databases and analytical approaches for catch rate evaluation for Canadian large pelagics fisheries.
  • Advancing the knowledge of marine distribution, feeding ecology and morphometric characteristics of anadromous alewives and blueback herring during the marine phase of their life history.

Mr. Stone currently leads the assessments for 4VWX+5 pollock and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. Both stocks have supported valuable Canadian commercial fisheries and are evaluated annually through the Regional Assessment Process (pollock) and the Transboundary Resource Assessment Process (yellowtail flounder).

Research and/or project statements

Some recent highlights of his research include:

  • leading collaborative studies with the Canadian fishing industry to determine seasonal distribution and transboundary movements of large pelagic and groundfish species through cooperative tagging programs.
  • fostering beneficial relationships with the fishing industry and international scientists to improve the scientific basis for the development of management advice.
  • developing databases and analytical approaches for catch rate evaluation for Canadian large pelagics fisheries.
  • advancing the knowledge of marine distribution, feeding ecology and morphometric characteristics of anadromous alewives and blueback herring during the marine phase of their life history.

Mr. Stone currently leads the assessments for 4VWX+5 pollock and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. Both stocks have supported valuable Canadian commercial fisheries and are evaluated annually through the Regional Assessment Process (pollock) and the Transboundary Resource Assessment Process (yellowtail flounder).

Education and awards

B.Sc. Honours Biology, University of Guelph, 1976

M.Sc. Biology, Acadia University, 1985

Key publications

  1. Stone, H.H. and G.R. Daborn. 1987. Diet of alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (A. aestivalis) in Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, a turbid macrotidal estuary. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 19: 55-67
  2. Stone, H.H., B.M. Jessop, and H.H. Parker. 1992. Life history characteristics of alewives and blueback herring from five Nova Scotia rivers, 1985. Canadian MS. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. No. 2136. 34 p.
  3. Stone, H.H. and B.M. Jessop. 1992. Seasonal distribution of river herring, Alosa pseudoharengus and A. aestivalis, off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. Fishery Bulletin. 90(2): 376-389.
  4. Stone, H.H. and B.M. Jessop. 1994. Feeding habits of anadromous alewives, Alosa pseudoharengus, off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. Fishery Bulletin. 92:157-170.
  5. Stone H.H. 2000. Update on the Canadian juvenile swordfish cooperative tagging program. Int. Comm. Conserv. Atl. Tunas Col. Vol. Sci. Pap. 51: 1470-1469.
  6. Stone, H.H., and L.K. Dixon. 2001. A comparison of catches of swordfish, Xiphias gladius, and other pelagic species from Canadian longline gear configured with alternating monofilament and multifilament nylon gangions. Fishery Bulletin. 99(1): 210-216.
  7. Stone, H.H. and P. Perley. 2002. An evaluation of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder age determination based on otolith thin-sections. CSAS Res. Doc. 2002/076, 32p.
  8. Stone, H.H. and C. Nelson. 2003. Tagging studies on eastern Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2003/056, 21p.
  9. Stone, H.H., S. Gavaris, C.M. Legault, J.D. Neilson and S.X. Cadrin. 2004. Collapse and recovery of the yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) fishery on Georges Bank. Journal of Sea Research. 51(3-4): 261-270.
  10. Annual standardized catch rate series for Canadian bluefin tuna and swordfish fisheries, ICCAT Collective Volume of Scientific Papers, 1995-2001.
  11. Annual stock assessments for Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder and 4VXW+5 Pollock, CSAS Research Documents; 2001-present.

Affiliations

  • Consulting Marine Biologist (1986-1989) specializing in fisheries, aquaculture and environmental studies
  • Senior Fisheries Research Technician (1989-1993, DFO)
  • Large Pelagics Assessment Biologist (1993-2000, DFO)
  • Groundfish Assessment Biologist (2000-present, DFO)