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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.

Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers

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Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers

MRAG Americas is seeking currently certified and prior Industry Funded Scallop Observers to deploy on vessels from ports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Vessel assignments will range from 1-14 days in duration. Willingness to travel to assigned ports outside of an Observers’ port of hire is necessary.

MRAG Americas is actively seeking Industry Funded Scallop Observers:

  • With current, active Certification
  • Have deployed within 6 months, Standby Certification
  • Have prior IFS experience (will need to retrain)
  • IFS Observers with ASM Certification or eligibility; ASM work available for those presently ASM cross trained or willing to train in ASM

To Apply:

For consideration as an IFS Observer with MRAG, please submit a cover letter detailing your experience relating to IFS work, a copy of your resume, college transcript (required for retrain only), and contact information for three (3) professional references. Email all application documents to recruit@mragamericas.com

 

Industry Funded Scallop Observers

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Industry Funded Scallop Observer

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Openings; Massachusetts to New Jersey
$240 to $305 per day

Job Duties

Must be available to take part and successfully complete company paid training in Falmouth, MA from July 16 through August 2. Following completion of training, Observers deploy on vessels from ports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions targeting Atlantic Sea Scallops. Fisheries Observers collect scientific, management, compliance, and other data at sea. Observers live and sleep in cramped quarters and share common facilities. Vessels operate in ocean waters, 3-200 miles offshore in all weather conditions. Vessels range from 30-100 feet in length.

Workload and Compensation

Full time employment available based on minimum of 12 sea days per month. Trip assignments will range from 1-14 days in duration. Fisheries observers are allocated to a primary port to deploy from the majority of their trips; however, willingness to travel to cover locations other than their primary ports is necessary.

Observer pay is based on a daily rate for at-sea time and may be eligible for additional land hours to include travel and debriefing. Observer pay is commensurate with experience, starting at $240/day, with raises based on seadays completed. At the top rate; observers with 450+ seadays earn $305/day. Trips lasting 0-24 hours are paid at the full seaday rate. Trips over 24 hours are paid by dividing the total trip length by 24 hours and multiplying by the seaday rate. Vessels provide observer meals on multiday trips and observers provide their own meals on day trips. An additional $25.00 is added on top of observers’ seaday rate for day trips to cover the meal cost. MRAG requires a 1-year commitment if hired. MRAG provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes holiday pay, monthly bonus opportunities, company paid employee medical coverage, vacation (after one year in the program) Additional coverage, including critical care, vision and dental coverage, are available at reasonable rates.

Position Requirements

To be considered; candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences. A minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences and at least 1 undergraduate course in math and statistics. Current First Aid/Adult CPR certifications is also required. Private reliable transportation is required prior to start of training.
Additional preferred skills include; at-sea related experience, low susceptibility or a tolerance to motion sickness, data entry experience, good communication skills and adept at working in adverse weather conditions.

To Apply

Interested applicants are to send the below items to recruit@mragamericas.com
Cover Letter
Resume
Unofficial Transcript
Contact information for four (4) professional references

By | Lightboxed News, Version 2017

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

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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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August 2, 2018 in Employment, Version 2017

Certified Southeast Fisheries Biologist

Certified Southeast Fisheries Biologist MRAG Americas is bidding on the NMFS contract to provide observers for the Southeast Fisheries Science Center Programs (SEFSC) based in Galveston, Texas, Panama City, Florida... Read More
June 25, 2018 in Employment, Version 2017

Certified Northeast At-Sea Monitors

Certified Northeast At-Sea Monitors MRAG Americas is seeking currently certified At-Sea Monitors. A sign on bonus of $1,000.00 will be paid to successful hires upon completion of 6 months employment... Read More
June 4, 2018 in Employment, Version 2017

Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers

Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers MRAG Americas is seeking currently certified and prior Industry Funded Scallop Observers to deploy on vessels from ports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Vessel…

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June 2, 2018 in Employment, Version 2017

Industry Funded Scallop Observers

Industry Funded Scallop Observer Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Openings; Massachusetts to New Jersey $240 to $305 per day Job Duties Must be available to take part and successfully complete company paid... Read More
January 1, 2018 in Employment, Version 2017

Chain of Custody Auditors

MRAG Americas is recruiting for several Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Auditors.  The successful applicants would perform Chain of Custody audits, write reports and help maintain client relationships. …

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December 22, 2017 in Employment, Version 2017

Northeast At-Sea Monitor Positions

MRAG has contracted with NOAA Fisheries to provide At-Sea Monitors (ASMs) to collect scientific data on board domestic commercial fishing vessels operating under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. At-Sea monitors deploy…

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December 22, 2017 in Employment, Version 2017

North Pacific Observer Program Positions

Required Qualifications All observer positions require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours of biology courses to qualify for the government training. In addition,…

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