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Recognition for UMass professor Brian Rothschild

By October 30, 2012

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    UMass Dartmouth professor and veteran ocean studies head Brian Rothschild is getting his just desserts. This month, National Fisherman magazine announced it was giving Rothschild, 78, its Highliner Achievement award for a lifetime of service to the fishing industry. Rothschild has worked in fishery science for more than 50 years and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and reports.
    At UMass Dartmouth's School of Marine Science and Technology, Rothschild and Dr. Kevin Stokesbury developed an innovative video survey for counting sea scallops in 1996 that is credited with preventing the collapse of what has become the most valuable fishery in the U.S.
    "These are the people who bring hope to their fishing communities," National Fisherman editor Jessica Hathaway wrote in the November issue. "Their work sheds light on the way things can and should be done in the fishing industry."
    The announcement from National Fisherman comes at the same time that New Bedford's Prince Henry Society selected the professor for its Man of the Year award, presented to an individual whose work has benefited the Portuguese community. Many New Bedford fishermen are Portuguese.

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