Kirsten Clark

Assessment Biologist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Kirsten Clark has been involved in fisheries research for 18 years. She has worked on the biology, distribution and assessment of a variety of species including finfish (groundfish, small and large pelagics, and mesopelagic), invertebrates, cetaceans, pinnipeds and parasites. She has experience in research design, data collection and analysis and is completing two herring tagging projects in the Bay of Fundy and southwest Nova Scotia.

She currently assists with the Georges Bank Cod Assessment and has contributed in the past to stock assessments for herring, cod, redfish and yellowtail flounder and compiled the Canadian contribution to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder assessment in 2006. She has knowledge of a large variety of software and data analysis techniques as well as extensive fieldwork experience.

Research and/or project statements

Kirsten Clark has been involved in fisheries research for 18 years.  She has worked on the biology, distribution and assessment of a variety of species including finfish (groundfish, small and large pelagics, and mesopelagic), invertebrates, cetaceans, pinnipeds and parasites.  She has experience in research design, data collection and analysis and is completing two herring tagging projects in the Bay of Fundy and southwest Nova Scotia.  She currently assists with the Georges Bank Cod Assessment and has contributed in the past to stock assessments for herring, cod, redfish and yellowtail flounder and compiled the Canadian contribution to the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder assessment in 2006.  She has knowledge of a large variety of software and data analysis techniques as well as extensive fieldwork experience.

Professional activities / interests

  • Parasitology Technician, Newfoundland Region (1988-1992, DFO)
  • Fisheries Technician, BIO (1993-1995, DFO)
  • Fisheries Technician, SABS (1995-2006, DFO)
  • Assistant Fisheries Biologist, SABS (2000 to 2001, DFO)

Education and awards

B.Sc. Honours Biology, University of Toronto, 1985

M.Sc. Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1991

Key publications

Working closely with colleagues in the U.S. and the fishing industry.

DENNY, S, K.J. CLARK, M.J. POWER, R.L. STEPHENSON. The status of the herring in the Bras D'Or Lakes in 1996-1997. Can. Science. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 1998/080, 1998.

Mentoring and supervising employees and interns in the field and in the lab.

CLARK, K., D. ROGERS, H. BOYD, R.L. STEPHENSON. Questionnaire Survey of the Coastal Nova Scotia Herring Fishery, 1998, Can. Science. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 1999/137, 1999.

Presenting data on the Canadian and U.S. herring tagging projects at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.

Auteure collaboratrice aux documents de recherche détaillant l’évaluation annuelle du hareng de 4VWX (de 1996 à 2006)

Teaching tuna and swordfish biology and identification to trainee fishery officers at the Coast Guard College in Cape Breton.

POWER, M.J., R.L. STEPHENSON, S. GAVARIS, K.J. CLARK, F.J. FIFE, D. KNOX, L.M. ANNIS. Rapport d’évaluation des stocks de hareng de 4VWX, Secrétariat canadien de consultation scientifique – Document de recherche 2005/023, 2005.

A comprehensive survey of herring gillnet fishers from Cape Breton to Southwest Nova Scotia to document historical catches, current and historical fishing locations and active and historical spawning grounds.

WATERS, C.L. et K.J. CLARK. Résumé pour 2005 du Projet d’étiquetage du hareng capturé dans des bordigues et mise à jour du Programme d’étiquetage du hareng HSC/CRPP/MPO, Secrétariat canadien de consultation scientifique – Document de recherche 2005/025, 2005.

A two-year tagging project with the Herring Science Council and the Fundy Weir Fishermen Association to study turnover and residency times of herring on the spawning grounds of Scots Bay and German Bank. This study will also be important in the 2006/2007 4VWX Herring Framework Assessment.

LEGAULT, C.M., H.H. STONE et K.J. CLARK. Stock assessment of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder for 2006, TRAC Ref. Doc. 2006/01, 2006.

A four-year tagging project with the Fundy Weir Fishermen Association, Grand Manan Weir Fishermen’s Association, Connor’s Bros. Ltd. and the New Brunswick Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture to study the movement and stock affiliation of herring caught in the weir fishery. The data collected and analysed as part of this study will be used extensively in the 2006/2007 4VWX Herring Framework Assessment process.

CLARK, K.J. Examen du taux de roulement du hareng dans les frayères de la baie Scots et du banc German à l’aide des données de marquage, Secrétariat canadien de consultation scientifique – Document de recherche 2006/047, 2006.

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