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. Nick Hahlbeck
Fisheries Assessment Analyst
Dr. Nick Hahlbeck joined MRAG Americas in April 2022 as a Fishery Assessment Analyst. He works in our Certification Division on assessments and consulting projects related to sustainability standards, including MSC and RFM. Before joining MRAG Americas, Nick was a researcher, leading efforts in the field and behind the computer to answer practical questions about fish ecology, climate change, and bycatch. His experience spans commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and has involved collaboration with universities, state and federal agencies, tribes, nonprofits, and anglers. Nick holds a B.S. with majors in Biology and Marine Science and minors in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Chemistry from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University.