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Catch Share Indicators Symposium at AFS

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Members of the Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project (catchshareindicators.org) will host a Symposium at this year’s Annual Fisheries Society conference in Atlantic City. The symposium, scheduled for Monday afternoon, August 20, will explore the design of the project and its approach to inform decision making. Presenters will draw on discipline-specific analyses, challenges and results, with specific attention to interdisciplinary stories and lessons learned from these fisheries and program design aspects that can be applied elsewhere.

MRAG Americas contracted by Caribbean Fisheries Management Council

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MRAG Americas contracted by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council to conduct required 5-Year Review of Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean. MRAG will be working closely with Council staff to update, describe and identify and map essential fish habitat (EFH), which is critical for fisheries management to minimize adverse effects of fishing, and identify actions to conserve and enhance EFH.

Contact Us

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Contact Us

mrag.americas@mragamericas.com

Florida

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Headquarters
8950 Martin Luther King Jr St. N, Suite 202
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Tel: 727-563-9070
Fax: 727-563-0207

Northeast Office
130 Centre Street, SH101B
Danvers, MA 01923
Tel: 978-768-3880
Fax: 978-768-3878

Alaska

Pacific Northwest

Alaska Office
1810 Shadetree Circle
Anchorage, AK 99502
Tel: 907 677-8772
Fax: 907-677-6022

Northwest Office
1631 15th Ave W, Suite 215
Seattle, WA 98119
Tel: 206- 430-5286

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MRAG Americas News

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June 14, 2019 in General, News, Version 2017

MRAG assists with alignment of seafood certification and ratings schemes

Jill Swasey, MRAG America’s Director of Fisheries Technical Division, served as the key analytical consultant in the development of a new report that combines data of five leading sustainability NGOs... Read More
May 10, 2019 in News, Version 2017

Dedicated resources for more MSC auditing in the Asia-Pacific Region

We have embarked on a new and exciting initiative with our sister company MRAG Asia-Pacific, increasing our presence as an accredited MSC Conformity Assessment Body in the Asia-Pacific Region.  We... Read More
May 10, 2019 in News, Version 2017

New staff in the Northeast

Ben Hannah has joined us as a full-time Seafood Supply Chain Auditor based out of our Danvers, MA office.  Ben will be serving our MSC and ASC Chain of Custody... Read More
April 6, 2019 in News, Version 2017

Erika Zollett and NOAA Fisheries scientists to develop recommendations to increase survivability of vulnerable marine animals

MRAG researcher Erika Zollett teams up with NOAA Fisheries scientists to develop recommendations to increase survivability of vulnerable marine animals bycaught in fishing gear: Safe handling practices to increase post-capture survival... Read More
February 15, 2019 in News, Version 2017

Cetaceans, sea turtles, seabirds, sharks, and billfish feeling the love this Valentine’s Day

Erika Zollett has an abstract for her accepted manuscript: Safe handling practices to increase post-capture survival of cetaceans, sea turtles, seabirds, sharks, and billfish in tuna fisheries, Endangered Species Research,... Read More
October 19, 2018 in News, Version 2017

MRAG certifies fisheries as MSC Sustainable Fisheries

MRAG Americas is ONE of THREE companies in the continental United States that certifies fisheries against the MSC Standard for Sustainable Fisheries; and provides chain of custody to offer supply... Read More
October 16, 2018 in News, Version 2017

#HurricaneMichael Relief Effort created

Our Observer Programs Administrator, Amanda Lees, created a #HurricaneMichael Relief Effort with the help of the broadcasting hosts Paul Fleming and Jason Smith, at FPN Broadcasting, and Captain Anthony Corcella with... Read More
August 21, 2018 in News, Version 2017

Industry-Funded Scallop (IFS) Observers available from MRAG Americas, Inc.

Observer Provider Options Expand for Atlantic Sea Scallop Vessels to include MRAG Americas, Inc. In May 2018, MRAG Americas, Inc. was approved by NOAA Fisheries as a provider company for... Read More
July 31, 2018 in News, Version 2017

5-Year Review of Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean

MRAG Americas contributed to the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Generic Essential Fish Habitat Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the U.S. Caribbean in 2004. With... Read More
July 24, 2018 in News, Version 2017

Catch Share Indicators Symposium at AFS

Members of the Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project (catchshareindicators.org) will host a Symposium at this year’s Annual Fisheries Society conference in Atlantic City. The symposium, scheduled for Monday... Read More
July 24, 2018 in News, Version 2017

MRAG Americas contracted by Caribbean Fisheries Management Council

MRAG Americas contracted by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council to conduct required 5-Year Review of Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean. MRAG will be working closely with Council staff... Read More
June 8, 2018 in News, Version 2017

MRAG Americas starting new project with NAFO

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... Read More
June 8, 2018 in News, Version 2017

MSC re-assessment of Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

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... Read More
April 16, 2018 in News, Version 2017

NOAA/NMFS Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in effect

Through the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), NOAA/NMFS have identified seafood species most “at-risk” for IUU fishing and fraud, and have developed an electronic traceability program to track these “priority”…

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MRAG Americas starting new project with NAFO

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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.

MSC re-assessment of Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

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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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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.

NOAA/NMFS Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in effect

By | News, Version 2017

Through the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), NOAA/NMFS have identified seafood species most “at-risk” for IUU fishing and fraud, and have developed an electronic traceability program to track these “priority” species from point of harvest to entry into U.S. commerce. The final rule became effective on January 9, 2017, with a compliance date of January 1, 2018 for most priority species.

More recently, NOAA/NMFS proposed a voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program (CTTP). The CTTP is intended to lessen the administrative burden of SIMP for companies willing to undergo third party traceability audits. Companies that are already certified for MSC Chain of Custody or similar certification may find these audits to be the simplest way to comply with the SIMP. MRAG Americas is ASI accredited and therefore qualified to provide CTTP auditing services. We are monitoring the progress of the proposed rule. Check back here for updates and/or contact us for more details on how we can help you.

Melanie Wahl, Fisheries Biologist/Debriefer

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Melanie WahlMelanie Wahl

Fisheries Biologist/Debriefer

Ms. Wahl began her career in Alaska as a groundfish observer in 2001, gaining over 700 sea days on a wide range of fishing vessels.  After many years as an at-sea biologist, she transitioned to biological consulting, working on a variety of field projects including fisheries, botany, avian, terrestrial mammal, and marine mammal studies from SE Alaska to the North Slope and Chukchi Sea.

She completed a post baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Penn State University in 2010.  Melanie and her husband started a small marine mammal consulting firm providing services for mitigation work and baseline studies.  She has produced and implemented marine mammal protection plans, provided logistical support for monitoring programs, created training and communications protocols and trained MMO/PSOs for specific projects. She continues to consult part-time as a GIS analyst and data manager.

Melanie has been with MRAG Americas since 2009 as a fisheries biologist supporting the IATTC program.

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