Eleanor A. Bochenek
Director, Fisheries Cooperative Center
(609) 898-0928
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
c/o FCC
  1636 Delaware Avenue
  Cape May, NJ 08204 USA


Ph.D. 1989 The College of William and Mary
M.S. 1981 East Stroudsburg University
B.A. 1977 Vassar College

Research Interests

My areas of expertise are fisheries and marine resource management with emphasis in gear technology, bycatch, discards, hook and release mortality, socioeconomics, and habitat degradation as well as fisheries management issues and policies. I conduct an education, outreach, and applied research program for the commercial and recreational fishing industries primarily in New Jersey, but also from Massachusetts to North Carolina. I serve as the Science Liaison for the National Fisheries Institute-Scientific Monitoring Committee (commercial trawlers, docks, and processors from Rhode Island to New Jersey) and also work with the National Fisheries Institute-Clam Committee.

Current Research Projects

• Exploring mechanisms for linking climate change, long-term larval fish abundance and water quality monitoring data with fisheries management decisions. (National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaboration Grant).
• Preventing bycatch of yellowtail flounder in the scallop fishery. (NOAA/NMFS Scallop Research Set-aside (13-SCA-06) through the National Fisheries Institute-Scientific Monitoring Committee)
• Management strategy evaluation for summer flounder. Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science Program. (NOAA/NMFS)
• Collection of sex ratio data for summer flounder landings: commercial and recreational landings. New Jersey Sea Grant College Program and Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science (NOAA/NMFS)
• A pilot project to utilize aquaculture to enhance the natural population of the horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, in the Delaware Estuary. (E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company)
• Effects of flow dynamics, salinity, and water quality on the Eastern oyster, the Atlantic sturgeon, and the shortnose sturgeon in the oligohaline zone of the Delaware estuary. (Supplement to Year 3 for the Planning Assistance to States Agreement between the Department of the Army and the South Jersey Port Corporation to Seaboard Fisheries Institute)

Selected Publications

Borsetti, S., D. Munroe, D. Rudders, C. Dobson, & E. A. Bochenek. (2018). Spatial variation in life history characteristics of waved whelk (Buccinum undatum L.) on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental shelf. Fisheries Research, 198, 129-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2017.10.006

Grothues, T. M., E. A. Bochenek, & S. Martin. (2017). Reducing discards of flatfish in the sea scallop dredge fishery by dredge pause. Journal of Shellfish Research, 36 (2), 365-371. DOI: 10.2983/035.036.0311

Morson, J. M., E. A. Bochenek, E. N. Powell, E. C. Hasbrouck, J. E. Gius, C. F. Cotton, K. Gerbino, & T. Froehlich. (2015). Estimating the sex composition of the summer flounder catch using fishery-independent data. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 7 (1), 393-408. DOI: 10.1080/19425120.2015.1067261

Morson, J., E. A. Bochenek, E. N. Powell, & J. Guis. (2012). Sex at length of summer flounder landed in the New Jersey recreational party boat fishery. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32 (6), 1201-1210. DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2012.728174.

Bochenek, E. A., E. N. Powell, & J. DePersenaire. (2012). Recall bias in recreational summer flounder party boat trips and angler preferences to new approaches to bag and size limits. Fisheries Science, 78 (1), 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s12562-011-0413-0

Powell, E. N., E. A. Bochenek, J. DePersenaire, & S. E. King. (2011). Injury frequency for discarded summer flounder in the recreational fishery of the Mid-Atlantic Bight: influence of landing size regulations. In T.D. Beard, R. Arlinghaus, & S.G.Sutton (Eds.), The Angler in the Environment: Social, Economic, Biological, and Ethical Dimensions (pp. 171-183). Volume 75 of American Fisheries Society symposium: American Fisheries Society.

Bochenek, E. A., E. N. Powell, & J. DePersenaire. (2010). Evaluating catch, effort, and bag limits on directed trips in the recreational summer flounder party boat fishery. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 2 (1), 412-423. DOI: 10.1577/C09-050.1

Powell, E. N., E. A. Bochenek, & J. DePersenaire. (2010). Evaluation of bag-and-size limit options in the management of summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus). Fisheries Research, 105 (3), 215-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2010.05.011

King, S. E., E. N. Powell, & E. A. Bochenek. (2009). Effect of an increase in codend mesh size on discarding in the Loligo squid-directed fishery: a commercial-scale test. Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science, 40, 41-58. DOI: 10.2960/J.v40.m631

Powell, E. N., A. J. Bonner, S. E. King, & E. A. Bochenek. (2006). Survey augmentation using commercial vessels in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: sampling density and relative catchability. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 22, 471-488. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0426.2006.00753.x

Bochenek, E. A. , E. N. Powell, A. J. Bonner, & S. E. Banta. (2005). Assessment of scup (Stenotomus chrysops) and black sea bass (Centropristas striata) discards in the directed otter trawl fisheries in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Fishery Bulletin, 103, 1-14.

Bochenek, E. A., J. M. Klinck, E. N. Powell, & E. E. Hofmann. (2001). A biochemically-based model of the growth and development of Crassostrea gigas larvae. Journal of Shellfish Research, 20 (1), 243-265.

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