Lynker partners with government, industry, and local communities to plan and implement activities and actions that proactively sustain and safeguard the viability and vitality of our marine, coastal, and ocean natural resources, and quality of life.We collaborate with multiple stakeholders to balance economic, human and ecosystem health, and conservation priorities to address immediate needs and long term balance of our ecosystems, habitats, and resources and economic prosperity.
We are experts in creating and integrating multi-disciplined, collaborative and robust marine, ocean, and coastal science that incorporates fisheries biology and stock status information, food web and predator/prey relationships, habitat needs, socio economic needs of recreational and commercial fishermen, and law enforcement issues to inform fisheries decision-making and management throughout the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Our capabilities span the gamut of approaches, methods, tools, and topic areas, including but not limited to:
- Fish and shellfish aquaculture, including breeding, genetics, biotechnology, nutrition, farming, diagnosis of diseases in fishes and other aquatic resources, species recovery)
- Fisheries economics, policy, and regulation
- Fisheries resource management including biology, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, population dynamics
- Fisheries environment research including oceanography, limnology, ecology, biodiversity, aquatic pollution
- Fisheries microbiology and biochemistry
- Fishing technology including gear and craft engineering, navigation and seamanship
Coastal Zone, Protected Area, and Watershed Management
Lynker is a driver of socioeconomically responsible coastal, protected area, and watershed science. We collect accurate and adequate data, create models, and implelent and use tools that support informed decision-making and policy designed to reduce human impacts and improve health and resilience of ecosystems.
We help integrate government-stakeholder collaboration, local capacity building, and increased community engagement to effect long-term watershed management in a way that protects and sustains coral reefs, estuaries, inland waterways, and other ecosystems.
Lynker also works with numerous US and international government agencies, local communities, and partners to plan, develop, train, and facilitate projects that protect marine and coastal ecosystems, habitats, and resources in the US, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. We have created curriculum for marine protected area managers on coastal habitat science and connectivity, marine protected area networks, damage assessment and restoration, marine planning, managing visitors and uses, integrating emerging science into management, and managing stakeholder process. Our experts help manage international training teams and coordinate multiple grant-funded capacity building activities including planning, scoping, budget oversight, and coordination with international aid and national government leads.
Marine Mammal and Turtle Research
Lynker personnel are key responders to marine mammal, turtle, and other wildlife strandings and emergencies in Hawaii, Alaska, and throughout the West Coast. We assist in large whale and other marine wildlife disentanglement, injured/distressed animal rescue, and onsite necropsies to determine cause of fatalities. Our protected species and marine mammal observers collect invaluable data on marine ecosystems and living creatures aboard research vessels from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska to Southern California to Hawaii and the Greater Pacific. We also assess and process permit applications, help negotiate inter-agency and tribal agreements, train volunteers, and support other projects that help ensure fisheries and ecosystems programs comply with the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Executive Orders (EOs) and other federal and state government regulations and statutes.
Lynker’s bioacoustics experts conduct passive acoustic monitoring and behavioral observations of whales and other species off both the East and West Coasts of the US, as well as deep in the Pacific. We deploy, calibrate, and use tools such as single-hydrophones and towed-arrays to collect and analyze recordings and develop acoustic propagation models to estimate underwater transmission loss of marine mammal calls in various environmental conditions. Our team’s work has been featured at global conferences and publications, and we are at the forefront of current developments in the identification of large whale vocalizations and other marine mammal species including dolphins, seals, and walruses. Our expertise in acoustic noise analysis also includes seismic sound profiling and shipping and estimation of acoustic masking potential for specific marine mammal species.
Biology, Chemistry, and Laboratory Support
Lynker’s fisheries geneticists and biochemists provide a variety of laboratory and field support in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest including processing fish tissue samples to isolate DNA for stock composition analysis; using molecular techniques such as DNA electrophoresis, microsatellite genotyping, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in processing; and scoring microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for genetic analyses. Our work contributes directly to NOAA’s and the world’s understanding of important commercial fishing and threatened/endangered species.
Fisheries and Protected Species Observers
Lynker’s trained and certified scientists offer extensive experience in visual sighting, acoustics, permitting, compliance, monitoring and mitigation support for research and industry – via aerial, land, and sea platforms. We maintain a pipeline of Federally- and internationally-qualified observers with the expertise needed to successfully plan, manage, and meet project-specific marine mammal, protected species and endangered species offshore and/or nearshore regulatory requirements. Our support includes 24/7 support and back-up contingencies in place to address our customers’ changing needs and priorities. We have qualified observers throughout the U.S., ready to deploy in a matter of days.
Our marine mammal and protected species observers are experts in species identification, animal behavior, and acoustics. We also offer extensive experience using multiple tools and technologies to record accurate, timely, and objective data of mitigation events. The data is delivered in a format that is useful, specific to each project, and ready for analysis.
Our scientists also develop required work and permit documentation including Incidental Harassment Applications (IHA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), and other technical reports.
Lynker leads aquaculture research which includes the breeding and marine fishes and invertebrates and associated aquarium/wet lab infrastructure to support studies in alternative feeds, vaccines, toxin exposure, climate change, increased water acidification, and other factors that contribute to our ability to leverage farm-raised aquatic species for safe, cost effective consumption.
Lynker’s experts support a wide range of research in marine fish and shellfish live feeds, microalgae production, larval rearing, species-specific land-based and open-ocean growout techniques, stressor response, and nursery methods. We are experts in modern hatchery management, such as water reuse and rotifer culture systems and novel algal species culturing for the marine aquaculture and biofuels industries in the Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and Alaska. Our experts also conduct biosecurity audits of hatcheries and farms, helping standardize practices to improve biosecurity. Our aquaculturists have also helped optimize culture protocols for different species to reduce feed waste, decrease water quality control costs, and improve time to market.
Lynker provides a multitude of oceanographic services, including the collection, quality control, processing, analysis, dissemination and archival of water level, current, and related oceanographic and meteorological data and metadata in operational environments. We develop new oceanographic measurement systems and techniques to improve the safety of marine navigation and develop and disseminate standard operating procedures, project instructions, and manuals to guide the operation and maintenance of NOAA’s oceanographic and meteorological measurement systems.
Economics and Socioeconomics
Lynker conducts economic, statistical, and econometric analyses of the fisheries data to estimate catch, population variability, and long-term fishing industry sustainability. We have established strong trust relationships within the scientific, academic, and seafood industry groups that contribute directly to our nation’s long-term ecological and economic sustainability for our nation’s fishery resources and fishing communities.
Surveys and Other Field Work
Lynker conducts a variety of fieldwork from designing, deploying and maintaining oceanographic systems to tagging marine mammals in the Arctic and placing fisheries observers on commercial fishing vessels. Lynker supplies the personnel, equipment, and management oversight to support various sampling and surveying projects. We acquire and process fisheries and related biological data, design experiments and field surveys, conduct field sampling and data collection, and perform data quality control. We have served both as field crew and leaders responsible for collecting water quality, helicopter salmon spawning surveys, electrofishing, fish traps, seining, gill netting, angling, fish tissue metals, periphyton, and macroinvertebrate studies in multiple streams, canals, and estuaries across the US.