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J. Nichols '89 Pays Tribute to Fellow Marine Biologist

July 6, 2007

J Nichols 89 2007 Beach.jpgJuly 6, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "His work showed that the big old fish are very important: not to take and eat, but to leave in the ocean," says Wallace J. Nichols of fellow biologist Steven A. Berkeley, who died last week. Dr. Nichols, a 1989 DePauw University graduate, is senior scientist with the Ocean Conservancy and a research associate with California Academy of Sciences. Of Berkeley's work, Nichols states, "This sounds simple, but it created a fundamental shift, backed by science, in the way we think about commercial fishing."

Berkeley was a University of California - Santa Cruz biologist "who fought for the expansion of marine reserves and lobbied on behalf of 'big, old, fat, female fish,'" reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel. "A one-time commercial fisherman and a research biologist at Long Marine Laboratory for the past six years, Berkeley is credited with discovering that large, old female fish aresunny campus walk 2005.jpg more important than younger fish in maintaining populations because the older females produce higher quality larvae, associates said. He also pushed the federal government to create marine reserves that are off-limits to fishing to allow certain species, like rockfish, to recover."

Read more at the newspaper's Web site.

J. Nichols is featured in Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary, The 11th Hour and was profiled in Good Times, a weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz. Learn more in this previous story.

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