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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Dr. Graeme Parkes
Vice President: Project Management
Dr. Graeme Parkes has more than thirty years of professional experience in fisheries evaluation, monitoring and management, resource assessment, fishing capacity management, and fisheries certification systems. He has worked within the MRAG family of companies since 1994, occupying senior management positions both at MRAG Ltd. in London and MRAG Americas in the US. As Vice President: Project Management, Graeme serves on the Executive Team and is responsible for for defining and developing project management processes, and policy to ensure alignment with MAG Americas’ corporate strategy and goals. Graeme has a Masters in Oceanography from Southampton University and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from Imperial College, London, specializing in the assessment and management of groundfish resources in the Antarctic. He was a member of the UK delegation to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for 20 years and the UK Representative to the CCAMLR Scientific Committee in 1999, 2010 and 2011. He was also a member of the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) between 2007 and 2010.