Jill H. Swasey
Ms. Swasey has worked with MRAG Americas in Essex, MA, as a marine biologist and fisheries consultant since early 2005. Her work with MRAG has involved research and analysis of policy and management of federal fisheries, ecosystem-based fisheries management, development and design of educational and outreach materials, coordination of working groups and workshops, and stakeholder engagement, along with involvement on a multitude of projects. She has specifically investigated policies and management of depleted fisheries resources and federal rebuilding efforts as mandated by legislature. Recently, Ms. Swasey has written and designed education materials on biodiversity for a general audience. In addition, she has created education materials for more specific audiences. Ms. Swasey has coordinated working groups aimed at identifying best practices in fisheries management, developing a standardized process for setting annual catch limits that can apply to all federally managed fisheries, including vulnerability assessments for fisheries. She has conducted extensive research on fishery management issues for a variety of MRAG projects. Ms. Swasey’s experience also includes the development of surveys to conduct social network analysis and identify trends and issues in coastal resource management for the NOAA Coastal Services Center, and investigation of opportunities for industry engagement with the Gulf of Maine Council. She has experience working with government, NGO and industry representatives. She presently manages several projects and the company website. Prior to joining the MRAG team, Ms. Swasey was involved with researching coral reef ecology and impacts on coral health. In this role she was involved in international workshops and collaborative research with leading scientists in the field. Ms. Swasey has taught sciences to both college and secondary school students and has worked as a writing fellow with the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Swasey holds a Master’s of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, along with a minor in Oceanography.