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David A. Robichaud (Fisheries Biologist)

David Robichaud is a fisheries biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the St. Andrews Biological Station. He completed a B.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Moncton in 1977, then a Masters in Invertebrates Ecology from the University of Moncton in 1985. He began his career with DFO in 1977 as a Snow Crab Technician and as part of his work with DFO completed a Master thesis in 1985. His research was focussed on Juvenile Snow Crab Ecology and Predator/Prey relationship with Cod and Skate. In 1989, he became the biologist responsible for the Bay of Fundy lobster fishery. In 1995 his responsibility expanded to include the Bay of Fundy crab fishery and in 2000 the Bay of Fundy sea urchin fishery.

In the 1990's his research involved several lobster tagging programs in the study the seasonal lobster migration patterns and lobster growth in the Bay of Fundy . More recently he has been involved in the study of sea urchin population dynamics and the investigation of coastal marine habitat use by urchin and lobsters, using geospatial approaches and SCUBA diving survey techniques. He has also been involved in out of season lobster trapping surveys as part of ongoing studies on ecological interaction between marine finfish aquaculture development and invertebrate fisheries.

Presently, part of David Robichaud research is in collaboration with his DFO colleagues Dr. Lawton and Mr. Michael Strong (whose underwater photographic talents are well recognised by Centre of Marine Biodiversity members). He has the fortunate opportunity to have access to their expertise in coastal habitat survey capabilities using diving, photographic, and video sampling techniques.

Key words: invertebrate fisheries, predation, benthic studies, interaction, geospatial approaches,

For further information, please email David Robichaud or contact him at the address below:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
St. Andrews Biological Station
531 Brandy Cove Road
St. Andrews, New Brunswick,
Canada, E5B 2L9
Office: (506) 529-8854
Fax: (506) 529-5862

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