Interests & Expertise
Certified scuba diver; surfer
East Carolina University
B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies
Plymouth State University
Jason joined CFF in 2016 and currently leads our HabCam survey and research efforts. Prior to joining CFF, he served as the Science Operations Coordinator for the Sea Education Association in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a M.S. in Biology where he focused on understudied aspects of estuarine species. Prior to graduate school, he was employed as a Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on phytoplankton research as well as participating in the CALCOFI research cruises. Jason has also worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska and North Carolina, gaining insight into both large and small-scale fisheries. At the New England Aquarium’s Conservation Department, he had a hand in assessing and developing projects designed to improve the environmental performance of a variety of fisheries around the world. This work ignited a passion for incorporating the typically intimate knowledge of fishermen and fisherwomen into projects designed to sustain the resource they depend on.
Habitat Mapping Camera System
CFF’s Habitat Mapping Camera (HabCam) is a towed benthic camera system designed to survey the seafloor and provide high-resolution imagery of the substrate, flora, and fauna. On-board sensors collect data such as temperature, salinity, and depth. HabCam surveys provide overlapping, three-dimensional, high-resolution images of the seafloor, allowing benthic substrate classification and surveys and mapping. Data from our HabCam surveys have been used to assess biomass, species distributions, biological interactions, and anthropogenic features in the northwest mid-Atlantic. In 2018, CFF collected 2.9 million image pairs in one six-day survey.
Bycatch reduction and engineering program (BREP)
Working with local groundfish gillnet fishermen, Jason and his team are testing the effect of mesh size and raised webbing on selectivity and bycatch rates. Through field sampling and in situ video and data recording, we are identifying optimal gear configurations, mortality and depredation rates of haddock and bycatch species. We are also characterizing factors that influence gillnet catch and retention efficiency with the aim of improving efficiency and reducing bycatch in the Georges Bank haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) fishery.
Smolowitz, R., Rosonina, P., DeMello, A. - F/V Kathy Marie, Taylor, R., Bolles-Hopkins, K., Chang, J-H. An Optical Assessment of Sea Scallop and Predator Abundance and Distribution in the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area and Surrounds in Coordination with the VIMS Dredge Survey;
An Optical Assessment of Sea Scallop Abundance and Distribution in Select Areas of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area; 2017 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program
NOAA Grant: NA17NMF4540035
Grants & Awards
Patel, S. and Clermont, J. and Siemann, L. Improving oceanographic models of bottom temperature within the Mid-Atlantic Bight through novel data assimilation and stakeholder input. 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy.
Clermont, J. and Siemann, L. An Optical Assessment of Sea Scallop Abundance, Distribution and Growth in the Nantucket Lightship Scallop Management Area. 2018 Sea Scallop RSA.
Clermont, J. and Siemann, L. An Optical Assessment of Sea Scallop and Predator Abundance and Distribution in the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area and Surrounds in Coordination with the VIMS Dredge Survey. 2017 Sea Scallop RSA.
Clermont, J. and Siemann, L. An Optical Assessment of Sea Scallop Abundance and Distribution in Select Areas of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area. 2017 Sea Scallop RSA.
Clermont, J., Patel, S. and Alexander, R. Testing Selectivity and Raised Webbing Gillnets on Target and Non-Target Species in the Northeast Haddock Fishery. 2017 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.