Our Team

Andrew RosenbergAndrew A. Rosenberg, Ph.D., President

 

 

 

 

Graeme ParkesGraeme Parkes, Ph.D., Executive Vice President

 

 

 

 

Bob TrumbleRobert J. Trumble, Ph.D., Vice President

 

 

 

 

Mary GerkenMary Gerken, BS, Account Manager

 

 

 

 

Connie DelanoConnie Delano, MBA, IT Project Manager

 

 

 

 

Marc MangelMarc Mangel, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Advisor

 

 

 

 

Fisheries Technical Division

Jill SwaseyJill H. Swasey, M.S., Director – Fisheries Technical Division

 

 

 

 

Monica ValleMónica Valle Esquivel, Ph.D., Senior Fishery Biologist

 

 

 

 

Erika ZollettErika A. Zollett, Ph.D., Senior Marine Scientist

 

 

 

 

Fishery Certification Division

Amanda Stern-PirlotAmanda Stern-Pirlot, M.S., Director – Fishery Certification Division

 

 

 

 

Jodi BostromJodi Bostrom, M.S., Senior Fisheries Consultant

 

 

 

 

Erin WilsonErin Wilson, M.S., Fisheries Consultant

 

 

 

 

Seafood Sourcing Division

Jennie HarringtonJennie M. Harrington, M.S., Senior Certifications Manager

 

 

 

 

Chris SpringChris Spring, Senior Manager, Seafood Sourcing Division

 

 

 

 

Oleg MartensOleg Martens, M.S., Senior Manager, Seafood Sourcing Division

 

 

 

 

Marcie MaloneMarcie Malone, Projects Administrator

 

 

 

 

Fisheries Monitoring Division

Bryan BelayBryan Belay, Director – Fisheries Monitoring Division

 

 

 

 

Danielle Kane, NE Program Manager, Fisheries Monitoring Division

Amanda LeesAmanda Lees, NE Observer Program Project Administrator

 

 

 

 

Jill DiMaioJillian DiMaio, Assistant to NE Program Manager

 

 

 

 

Denise CraftDenise Craft, Observer Deployments Data Manager

 

 

 

 

Jack HarringtonJack Harrington, Equipment Specialist

 

 

 

 

Alicia MunchelAlicia Munchel, New England Area Lead Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Jade HeidtJade Heidt, Central Mid Atlantic Area Lead Coordinator for NY

 

 

 

 

Tom FetchkoTom Fetchko, Central Mid Atlantic Area Lead Coordinator for NJ

 

 

 

 

Phil Shantz, Southern Mid Atlantic Area Lead Coordinator

Heather SmithHeather Smith, Seasonal Area Lead Coordinator for MD/VA

 

 

 

 

Melanie WahlMelanie Wahl, Fisheries Biologist/Debriefer

 

 

 

 


Andrew A. Rosenberg, Ph.D., President

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, President of MRAG Americas, is currently director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Previously, Dr. Rosenberg served for two years as the senior vice president for science and knowledge at Conservation International. He was a Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire where, prior to April 2004, he was dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

From 1998-2000, Dr. Rosenberg served as the Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, where he dealt with policy decisions on science and resource management issues nationwide as well as the administration of the agency. He was also a principle agency spokesperson before Congress, the public and technical audiences. Before becoming NMFS Deputy Director, Dr. Rosenberg was the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator, where he negotiated and implemented the recovery program for New England and mid-Atlantic fisheries, worked to develop and implement marine mammal recovery programs and endangered species protections throughout the northeast. He also has served as the U.S. lead representative in several international fishery management organizations such as NAFO, NASCO and FAO.

Dr. Rosenberg’s scientific work is in the field of population dynamics, resource assessment and resource management policy. He holds a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University. He was on the faculty of Imperial College of Science and Technology in London for six years and was the Deputy Director of the Renewable Resources Assessment Group, an internationally known quantitative analysis and policy consultancy group.

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Graeme Parkes, Ph.D., Executive Vice President

Dr. Graeme Parkes, Executive Vice President, MRAG Americas, holds a Ph.D. in fisheries science from Imperial College, London. He has thirty years of professional experience in fisheries evaluation, monitoring and management, resource assessment, fishing capacity management, and fisheries certification systems. Dr. Parkes has worked within the MRAG family of companies since 1994, occupying senior management positions both at MRAG Ltd. in London and MRAG Americas in the US. Dr. Parkes is responsible for core business areas and functions of the company, including primary responsibility for staff supervision and project deliverables. During his time at MRAG, Dr Parkes has been responsible for the setup and management of several major international scientific observer programs, including EU observers in the northwest Atlantic (NAFO), UK observers in the Antarctic (CCAMLR), ICCAT observers on bluefin tuna farms in the Mediterranean and longline transshipment observers in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans for ICCAT and IOTC. His other project experience includes development of a global benchmarking of fishery certification standards for GSSI, modelling relationships between fishery management strategies and MSC certification scores, performance evaluation of Rights Based Management (RBM) in European fisheries; review and benchmarking of marine fish ecolabelling programs; assessment of fisheries under the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard; review of US federal budgets for reducing scientific and management uncertainty in fisheries; review of funding of monitoring control and surveillance of European fisheries; and evaluation of scientific support arrangements for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. Dr Parkes was a member of the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) between 2007 and 2010 and a member of the UK delegation to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) from 1991 to 2011; he was the UK Representative to the CCAMLR Scientific Committee in 1999, 2010 and 2011.

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Robert J. Trumble, Ph.D., Vice President

Dr. Robert Trumble, Vice President, has wide-ranging experience in marine fish science and management, fishery habitat protection, and oceanography. He joined MRAG Americas in 2000 as a senior research scientist and became Vice President in 2005. Previously, he served 14 years as Senior Biologist of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle, Washington, 10 years in various research and management positions at the Washington Department of Fisheries, and six years with the US Naval Oceanographic Office.

At MRAG, Dr. Trumble performs project planning, assembles research teams, and conducts research, with a focus on improving management of aquatic ecosystems and the resources and fisheries they support. His projects have included development of MRAG’s Marine Stewardship Council certification program, preparation and review of fishery management and habitat management plans, development bycatch management and control, preparation of environmental assessments, and conducting workshops on fishery issues. Dr. Trumble has extensive experience working with government agencies, commercial and recreational fisheries groups, Indian tribes, and national and international advisory groups. He received appointments to the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the Groundfish Management Team of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the affiliate faculty of Fisheries at the University of Washington, and the Advisory Committee of the Washington Sea Grant Program. Dr. Trumble has published in peer-reviewed journals and symposium proceedings, presented invited papers at national and international meetings, and written reports for government agencies. Dr. Trumble received a B.S. degree in Oceanography from the Department of Oceanography, University of Washington, an M.S. degree in Fisheries from the College of Fisheries, University of Washington, and Ph.D. in Fisheries from the College of Fisheries, University of Washington.

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Mary Gerken, Account Manager

Mary Gerken, Account Manager, began with MRAG Americas in 2006 as Office Administrator. Working for a marine science consulting firm aligned with her dedication to understanding & supporting environmental sciences. She grew in her position to becoming MRAG’s new Account Manager which includes payroll, AR, AP, Accounting, Project Management, personnel benefits and HR. Previously, she worked for a large hospital as Payroll Manager where she co-headed a team to develop their RFP and successful installation of a hospital-wide time and attendance system. She managed 5 staff and worked closely with the HR and IS department. She has also worked for a corporate drug store in the payroll and human resources/benefits departments. Ms. Gerken is skilled in accounting, recruiting & retaining volunteers, leading and implementing and maintaining projects, query report writing, and administrative policy. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from University of South Florida.

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Connie D. Delano, MBA, IT Project Manager

Connie Delano, IT Project Manager, began her marine science/fisheries biology career by growing quahog spat with the Orleans Shellfish Dept. on Cape Cod. In 1984, Ms. Delano became certified as a Compliance Inspector for NMFS foreign fisheries Observer Program. She monitored onboard mackerel, tuna and squid fleets from Europe, Japan and the US fishing within the US EEZ. Ms. Delano has captained charter and research vessels, been mate for charter fishing, was a micro-organism taxonomist for environmental consulting firms, and employed many methods to collect benthic and pelagic key environmental indicators. In 1991, Ms. Delano became a NE Observer Program Data Editor for Manomet (Center for Conservation Sciences) under a 7 year NMFS contract. She developed a Data Managers position where she oversaw data editing of 11 commercial fisheries while supervising Observer data collection, developed the Observer data manual with NMFS, ran Observer trainings, collaborated with NMFS IT staff on a data entry program, managed Data Entry staff, attended USCG Safety Trainings, and organized Observer gear. As Technical Advisor for Manomet, she built an MS Access database for Mass. DMF fisheries. In the 2000s, Ms. Delano expanded into online data Information Technologies programming and integration for a Boston university. In 2014, she became the new IT Project Manager for MRAG Americas, Inc. developing an MS Access Database to manage administration of the NE Fisheries Observer Program. Other projects Ms. Delano has developed for MRAG Americas, Inc. are a PHP/MySQL mobile website to submit expenses, a mobile app to collect logistics from Observers anywhere, a database to track ISSF tuna fishery Audit Policy resolutions, integration of applications, data warehousing policies, and IT integration analyses. She is also Technician for their Electronic Monitoring project funded by the Nature Conservancy through Archipelago Research Institute.

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Marc Mangel, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Advisor

Dr. Marc Mangel, Senior Scientific Advisor, is Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz. Director, Center for Stock Assessment Research (a partnership between UCSC and the NMFS Santa Cruz Laboratory to train students and post-docs in the quantitative methods needed for stock assessment) and Regional Director of MRAG Americas, running the California office (opened 2004). At UCSC, he conducts research on quantitative methods for fishery management, the population biology of disease, and the evolutionary biology of longevity. Prior to coming to UCSC in 1996, he worked (1977-1980) for the Center for Naval Analysis (the Federal Contract Research Center conducting operations and systems analysis for the US Navy) and at the University of California Davis (1980-1996). Dr. Mangel has held Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held visiting positions at the Hebrew University (Scheinbrun Professor), University of Oxford (Member, Wolfson College), the Weizmann Institute (Varon Professor), Florida State University (William R. and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement) and Ben Gurion University (Dozor Professor).

Dr. Mangel has worked on fishery problems since graduate school, when he and Colin Clark developed models for the tuna purse seine fishery. In addition, he wrote one of the first papers applying Bayesian methods to stock assessment (Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 42:150-163, 1985) and applied such methods to the recovery of California sardine, was the first invited outside expert to the Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (1986-1989) and was subsequently a member of the US delegation to the scientific committee (1991) and to the working groups of the scientific committee (1996, 1997), convened and chaired the steering committee concerning principles of wild living resource conservation (published as Ecological Applications 6:338-362, 1996 and a focal document for the Marine Life Management Act), served on the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the US Marine Mammal Commission for six years, and was a member of the Ecosystem Advisory Panel, the Scientific Advisory Panel for West Coast Marine Reserve Planning, and the team that conducted a review of the harvest policy used by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He currently serves on the NMFS Recovery Review Science Panel (RSRP), on the NERC Special Committee on Seals, and on the NMFS Committee on Scientific Integration of Marine Reserves and Traditional Fishery Management.

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Jill H. Swasey, M.S., Director – Fisheries Technical Division

Jill Swasey, Director – Fisheries Technical Division, 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.

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Mónica Valle Esquivel, Ph.D., Senior Fishery Biologist

Dr. Mónica Valle-Esquivel, Senior Fishery Biologist, joined MRAG Americas in 2010. She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable management of marine fisheries. She specialized in fish and shellfish population dynamics, stock assessment, design and evaluation of management strategies, statistical analysis, risk analysis, and fishery simulation modeling. Dr. Valle worked with the University of Miami and NOAA Fisheries as a post-doctoral fellow, and has provided scientific advice to FAO, CITES, CARICOM, ACP Fish II, and other international organizations for the management of tropical marine species the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Mexico she coordinated a United Nations (UNIDO) coastal management project within the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem program. At MRAG, Dr. Valle has worked with institutions, scientists, fishers, managers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to promote and achieve sustainability of fishery resources around the world. She is a lead assessor for Marine Stewardship Council projects, and has analyzed a variety of fisheries against sustainability criteria, including rapid assessments, pre-assessments and full assessments. She has also acquired ample experience in the development and implementation of fishery improvement projects and fishery management plans, in the design and analysis of fishery indicators and monitoring programs, and in essential fish habitat assessments. Dr. Valle received a B.S. degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.

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Erika A. Zollett, Ph.D., Senior Marine Scientist

Dr. Erika Zollett, Senior Marine Scientist, joined MRAG Americas in 2009. She has a wide-range of experience working on domestic and international fisheries management, conservation, and environmental education projects. Dr. Zollett possesses an expertise in protected species bycatch and conservation; she has conducted bycatch mitigation research for a number of organizations, including the New England Aquarium, World Wildlife Fund, and Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and made recommendations for reducing bycatch.  She has also worked on a diversity of additional fisheries science and management topics, including effective monitoring programs, marine protected areas, catch shares, recreational and commercial fishing regulations, international tuna fisheries, productivity susceptibility analyses, habitat protections, and fisheries assessments. Dr. Zollett has worked effectively with government, academic, non-profit organizations, and fishermen; conducted research and made science and policy recommendations; implemented surveys and interviews of engaged stakeholders; developed and managed projects; organized and facilitated workshops; developed continuing education curriculum for fishery managers; published in peer-reviewed journals; and presented at international conferences.  She holds a B.S. degree from Bates College, a Master of Environmental Degree from Duke University, and a Ph.D. and Cognate in College Teaching from the University of New Hampshire.

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Amanda Stern-Pirlot, M.S., Director – Fishery Certification Division

Amanda Stern-Pirlot, Director – Fishery Certification Division, is an M.Sc. graduate in Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology from the University of Bremen, Center for Marine Tropical Ecology (ZMT). Ms. Stern-Pirlot joined MRAG Americas Inc. in 2014 as Fisheries Certification Director, based in Seattle. She leads the division responsible for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification program including pre-assessments, full assessments, fishery improvement projects and other fisheries certification activities. Throughout her career, she has worked with many scientists, conservationists, fisheries managers and producer groups on international fisheries sustainability issues. With the Institute for Marine Research (IFM-GEOMAR) in Kiel, Germany, she led a work package on simple indicators for sustainability within the EU-funded international cooperation project INCOFISH. This was followed by 5 years in the Standards Department at MSC in London developing standards, and policies and assessment methods informed by best practices in global fisheries management. In the US, she was Resources Analyst of the Alaska pollock industry in the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council focusing on bycatch and ecosystem-based management issues, and managing the operations of the offshore pollock cooperative. She has co-authored publications on fisheries sustainability in the developing world and the functioning of sustainability standards as an instrument for transforming fisheries to a sustainable basis.

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Jodi Bostrom, M.S., Senior Fisheries Consultant

Jodi Bostrom, Senior Fisheries Consultant, joined MRAG Americas as Senior Fisheries Consultant and MSC Fisheries Program Manager in 2015. Prior to MRAG, she spent 5 years as Fisheries Assessment Manager at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in London. Among many things, she developed the MSC’s benthic habitats policy and the Consequence Spatial Analysis (a risk-based framework for assessing habitat impacts in data-deficient situations) as part of the MSC Standard revision. Prior to the MSC, she spent 11 years with the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board in Washington, DC. She earned an M.Sc. in Environmental Science at American University and a B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Bostrom serves on MRAG’s MSC fisheries assessment teams and reviews MSC assessment reports for technical quality and compliance, with particular experience in the Principle 2 components of the MSC Standard.

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Erin Wilson, M.S., Fisheries Consultant

Erin Wilson, Fisheries Consultant, joined MRAG Americas in 2015 as Seafood Sustainability Coordinator based in Seattle. Ms. Wilson serves on MRAG’s MSC fisheries assessment teams, performs stakeholder outreach and engagement, and participates in auditing services to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). She received a M.Sc. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University, along with a Spanish minor. Her primary research areas involve sustainability for coastal communities and the commercial fishing industry. Prior to working with MRAG Americas Inc., Erin worked as Natural Resource Specialist for Oregon Marine Reserves and has collaborated on many projects focusing on marine science and conservation in both biological and social science aspects.

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Jennie M. Harrington, M.S., Senior Certifications Manager

Jennie Harrington, Senior Certifications Manager, has been with MRAG Americas since 2003 and is Senior Manager for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Certification Program. She has performed hundreds of MSC chain of custody audits, oversees the training and operations of a large team of auditors, and manages the scheduling and review of dozens of audits each month. In addition, she performs confidential second party audits for several consumer-facing organizations that have created internal buying standards, to ensure the robustness and sustainability of their supply chain. She has participated in many fishery and supply chain projects involving the Marine Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria, scientific research, compilation of data from fisheries around the United States, fishery information management systems, independent program reviews and workshop organization, facilitation and documentation. Prior to joining MRAG Americas, Ms. Harrington received a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and an M.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

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Chris Spring, Senior Manager, Seafood Sourcing Division

Chris Spring, Senior Manager, has been with MRAG Americas since 2013 based in Seattle. He is a seafood traceability and certification expert with several years of experience in program development, implementation and management. His prior experience includes seafood-specific traceability and food safety consulting/auditing as well as industry experience in processing, QC/QA, importing/exporting and sales. Mr. Spring has over a decade of experience in the seafood industry with many years of experience managing sustainable seafood audit programs.

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Oleg Martens, M.S., Senior Manager, Seafood Sourcing Division

Oleg Martens’, Senior Manager, focus at MRAG Americas is on seafood traceability and providing auditing services to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), which aims to advance conservation efforts across the 23 commercially harvested tuna stocks. Previously, he was a Senior Programs Officer with World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) US Food Team. In this role he advanced the Market Transformation Initiative, which supports Fortune 500 companies in developing and implementing policies that move those organizations toward strategic sustainable business goals. Oleg also worked on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing issues, most notably on the buildup and launch of the Global Dialogue for Seafood Traceability. Before joining WWF, Oleg worked as a Fisheries Specialist for the Agriculture and Rural Development department of the World Bank. He provided targeted technical assistance to Bank clients, which ranged from overseeing field teams to managing the project cycle and enforcing safeguards. During his time there he conducted fieldwork throughout Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Pacific Island States, and Latin America. Oleg holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and International Sustainable Development from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences from Eckerd College.

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Bryan Belay, Director – Fisheries Monitoring Division

Bryan Belay, Director – Fisheries Monitoring Division, 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.

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Danielle Kane, NE Program Manager

Danielle Kane is NE Program Manager of MRAG’s Northeast Observer Programs which includes the At-Sea Monitoring Program (ASM) and the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP). She has a BS in Wildlife Biology from Unity College. Since starting her fisheries career as a North Pacific Groundfish Observer, she has served as a Port Biologist for the International Pacific Halibut Commission, an ASM and Dockside Monitoring Coordinator, and as NEFOP Area Lead Coordinator responsible for working with vessels and industry groups to set up observer trips. Ms. Kane provides day to day oversight of MRAG’s activities and deliverables.

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Amanda Lees, NE Observer Program Project Administrator

Amanda Lees, NE Observer Program Project Administrator, started with MRAG Americas in July 2015 after getting involved locally in the Florida fishing community. Wanting to make a difference in the fisheries and understand more about how to help, she began working for MRAG Americas, Inc. and currently serves as the Northeast Observer Program Project Administrator based in our Saint Petersburg headquarters. She has a BS in Business Management from Saint Leo University. Her experiences include payroll, human resources management, benefits enrollment, analytical reporting, marketing statistics, data management and bookkeeping. Her focus is on human resources duties and the administrative responsibilities to provide information for and to support the Northeast Observer Programs.

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Jillian DiMaio, Assistant to NE Program Manager

Jillian DiMaio, Assistant to NE Program Manager, began working with MRAG Americas as a fisheries At-Sea Monitor in 2010. Over the course of her observing career with MRAG, Ms. DiMaio also worked under the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP) specializing in gillnet, trawl, longline, and lobster gear types. In 2011, Ms. DiMaio came on as an Assistant Lead Coordinator covering New England and New York ports. Currently, she is Assistant to the Fisheries Monitoring Division Program Manager, managing the NOAA/NMFS NEFOP contract. Ms. DiMaio graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Environmental Studies focusing on Water Resource Management, with a minor in Business Administration. In addition to her work with MRAG, Ms.DiMaio has experience in Environmental Compliance focusing on water quality and sustainability.

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Jack Harrington, Equipment Specialist

Jack Harrington, Equipment Specialist, has been involved with the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program since 1991 when he accomplished his certification as a Fisheries Observer for Manomet. Through 1997, under the NMFS contract, he collected data from about 11 different gear types within the NE fishing vessel fleet. Those gear types included pelagic fisheries (drift net, pair trawl, purse seine, longline) and traditional groundfish and shellfish gears (trawl, gillnet, pots).  In 2003, Mr. Harrington began Fisheries Observing for A.I.S. Inc. in many types of fisheries the majority of which were groundfish gillnet, otter trawl, tub trawl (longline), and scallop dredge. During his Observer career, Mr. Harrington collected data on roughly 1100 sea days. Early in 2003 Mr. Harrington became a Field Coordinator and Training Coordinator for A.I.S. Inc. He traveled along the U.S. east coast from Maine through North Carolina lining up Observer Program fishing trips for other Observers, meeting with fisherman, and helping Observers become successful. As Training Coordinator, Mr. Harrington prepared new Observer trainees in acquiring their CPR/First Aid certificates, housing, and informing them about the program. He set up training trips for newly certified Observers graduating NMFS trainings. In 2014, Mr. Harrington became the Gear Specialist for MRAG Americas. He purchases, refurbishes, maintains, distributes, inventories, sources, and designs NE Observer Program gear. He was also Technician for the Electronic Monitoring project funded by the Nature Conservancy.

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