MRAG Americas is starting a new project with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) the RFMO responsible for ensuring the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the north west Atlantic. This work will result in a fully documented description of all methodologies being used for estimating tow catches by vessel skippers, NAFO compliance Observers, Scientific Observers and NAFO At-Sea Inspectors, together with the development of common best practices. We are very excited to be working with NAFO on this important project. We’ll be collaborating on this with our sister companies MRAG Ltd and MRAG Asia Pacific.
MRAG Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce that a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-assessment of US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl fishery has begun. The assessment, which includes the limited-entry and Makah tribal components, will evaluate the fishery for compliance with the MSC’s Standard for well managed and sustainable fisheries. The assessment will include 18 groundfish species, with a site visit taking place in Seattle from 9-11 May.
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Director Fisheries Monitoring Division
Mr. Belay began his career in Alaska with Data Contractors Inc. (DCI) in 1994 as a groundfish observer, received his ADF&G crab observer certification in 1995, gained more than 600 days on over two-dozen vessels, and accepted a position as Operations Manager for DCI in 1997. In 1998, DCI successfully bid for Cook Inlet Marine Mammal Observer Program. Mr. Belay oversaw design and implementation of the program including data entry, debriefing, distribution of coverage, logistics, and hiring of personnel. In 2001 and 2002, Bryan successfully managed the Kodiak Feasibility Study and the Kodiak Island Marine Mammal Observer Program. Bryan helped MRAG Americas successfully bid the Kodiak Island Marine Mammal Observer Program in 2004, and joined MRAG Americas on a full time basis in October of 2004. Bryan oversaw the successful implementation of the 2005 AMMOP in Kodiak, coordinated the 2005 IFQ fishery for Techsea International, and helped MRAG acquire its North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program and ADF&G Crab Observer Program certifications.