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.
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Director Fisheries Monitoring Division
Mr. Bryan Belay leads MRAG Americas’ Fisheries Monitoring Division. He joined MRAG Americas in 2004, having helped us successfully bid the Kodiak Island Marine Mammal Observer Program. He 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. Bryan worked with MRAG to manage the Hawaii Longline Observer Program from 2006 to 2009. In 2009 MRAG expanded into the Northeast, providing monitors for the Northeast At-Sea Monitoring Program. In 2012, Bryan helped MRAG win the Northeast Fisheries Monitoring contract, expanding the Northeast program from Maine to North Carolina. Bryan managed a team of 13 coordinators and up to 70 observers during peak seasons. In 2009, Bryan began managing the IATTC Transshipment Observer program, placing observers on Freezer Carrier Vessels in the Pacific Ocean. Bryan continues to recruit, train and place observers on vessels in the Pacific.