Date: February 28, 2008
"Three members of the UMass Dartmouth faculty are now going to advise the government on critical decisions about the nation's living marine resources," said SMAST Dean Frank Muller-Karger, who was also a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. "The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which was reauthorized by the U.S. Congress in 2006, very specifically states that the government needs to manage resources based on scientific knowledge. Our experts help carry out the spirit of the law. We take very seriously this responsibility to protect the public trust."
"The SSC has a heavy responsibility," said Prof. Kevin Stokesbury, Chair of the SMAST Department of Fisheries Oceanography where Drs. Cadrin and Georgianna are affiliated. "Its members have to review the science driving the fisheries management plans, often on a very short time schedule. Dan and Steve are both outstanding in their fields of study and excellent additions to the SSC. Our department will support them to the best of our ability."
The New England Fisheries Management Council is one of eight regional councils that develop management plans for U.S. marine fisheries, each within its jurisdiction, from 3 miles offshore out to the 200-mile limit of the federal exclusive economic zone. Besides reviewing the science behind the fisheries management plans, the Science and Statistical Committee develops research priorities for NOAA Fisheries. Crucially, the committee now also has statutory responsibility to set allowable catch limits.
Both Dr. Cadrin and Dr. Georgianna are faculty members in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at UMassD's School for Marine Science and Technology. Dr. Cadrin is also Director of the NOAA/UMass Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program. Dr. Georgianna holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics.
A third DFO-SMAST faculty member, Prof. Brian Rothschild, was appointed in January as Chair of the Science and Statistical Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
A total of five faculty and students from the SMAST Department of Fisheries Oceanography now serve on Fisheries Management Council teams and committees. Ph.D. students Bradley Harris and Catherine O'Keefe serve on the Habitat and Scallop Planning and Development Teams, respectively.