Ryan Cloutier

My degrees

BSc Ecology and Evolution, Simon Fraser University

MSc Marine Conservation, TMEL, Simon Fraser University

What I am now

Research associate, TMEL

Email: rnc@sfu.ca

My MSc research

My work focused on evaluating the effects of Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) on the severely depleted populations of nearshore rockfishes.  This group of slow-growing, late-maturing species is subject to high mortality from both commercial and recreational fishing. I  quantifed the rate of recovery of rockfish inside RCAs and examined whether there are knock-on consequences of any changes in rockfish for other species of fish and invertebrates.  I worked in conjunction with Parks Canada and DFO.  My project was funded by the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network.