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Press Release: UMass Professor Named 'Friend of the Fishing Industry'


UMass Professor Named 'Friend of the Fishing Industry'

UMass Dartmouth Professor Kevin Stokesbury was named 2008's "Friend of the Fishing Industry" Sunday during the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony at the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival.

Author:  Frank Smith
Date:  October 6, 2008
Department:   Smast
UMass Dartmouth Professor Kevin Stokesbury was named 2008's "Friend of the Fishing Industry" Sunday during the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony at the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival.  The award, sponsored by the Offshore Mariners Wives Association, was presented by Jim Kendall of New Bedford Seafood Consulting.   

The Friend of the Fishing Industry Award is given annually to someone who has, in Kendall's words, "gone out of their way to care for the fishing industry."  Previous recipients include U.S. Senator Barney Frank, State Senator Mark Montigny, and Prof. Brian Rothschild, Stokesbury's colleague at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST).

Along with festival-goers and fishermen, the award ceremony was attended by a number of Stokesbury's academic colleagues, including UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack and SMAST Dean Frank Muller-Karger. Said Muller-Karger of the award presentation, "I cannot think of a better choice to receive this award this year than Kevin. His continuing efforts to strengthen our partnership with the industry ensure that SMAST develops the most robust scientific knowledge to help manage the marine living resources of our region, and that we provide the best training to the graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth."

In his presentation, Kendall traced Stokesbury's professional history, from graduate student at Acadia and Laval Universities to his current position of Chairman of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at SMAST.  He cited Stokesbury's scallop survey work, initiated in 1999 with Prof. Rothschild, which has been credited with having been instrumental in expanding the scallop fishery and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in added landed value.  

Stokesbury is also a 2004 recipient of the Dr. David L. Belding Award for marine resource conservation.  In 2002 he was given the President's Award for Public Service, awarded by the President of the University of Massachusetts.  
 

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