Fisheries Biologist

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Keith L Bosley

Tell us about your work-what do you do? Conduct research on the west coast groundfish fishery , including habitat-species asseverations , abundance estimates, and food web studies. I spend about 30-50 days at sea per year. What skills ate needed? Knowledge of computers, statistics , scientific writing , ability to work independently, or in small groups at sea, knowledge of fish , biology , and general biological principles , and collecting and analyzing fishery data. What was your major? - A.A. general studies - B.S. environmental science - M.S. marine biology How did you get started in your career? Through contacts I made while conducting research for my master's degree. What experience do you need in this job? Fishery survey experience, experience with conducting scientific research , from designing experiments or research plans to collecting data and analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication. Describe your "typical" workday: At sea: sorting fish by species, then collection of biological data . Also some cruises involve submersibles and collection of video footage of fish-habitats. On Land: analysis of data , preparation of manuscripts. What is the hardest aspect of your job? Collecting data on species that are on the verge of extinction and doing our jobs while enduring constant criticism from commercial fishing and related business interests who are concerned we are putting them out of business. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Getting to see first-hand some of the most beautiful and amazing creatures on earth. Spending time on the ocean and meeting some incredible people, including commercial fisherman, other biologists and researchers. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? Volunteer for fishery cruises to get experience at sea. Take classes in ichthyology, statistics, ecology, and invertebrate zoology and always maintain an open and curious mind.