Experts for Atlantic / U.S. East Coast

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    Brett Alger
    Brett Alger
    Coordinator, NOAA National Observer Program
    Brett Alger is the NOAA National Observer Program's Electronic Technologies Coordinator. Prior to his move to Silver Spring, Brett worked in the Sustainable Fisheries Division at the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Fisheries Regional Office, leading efforts to advance EM/ER with the NEFSC, the Northeast Fishery-Dependent Data Visioning project, and the Electronic Technologies Working Group. He also helped coordinate and implement the Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management Plan and was co-lead on groundfish sector development.

    Brett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Management and Science from Michigan State University.
    Mike Cahall
    Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistical Program
    Mike has served as Director of the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistical Program since 2007.

    Jane DiCosimo
    Jane DiCosimo
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    Jane DiCosimo is chief of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology's Assessment and Monitoring Division Fisheries. She oversees the National Observer Program, where national coordination of electronic monitoring and reporting is housed, the National Stock Assessment Program, the Advanced Technologies Program, Center for Independent Experts reviews, Cooperative Research Program, and National Survey Planning and Vessel Operations. She is vice-chair of a NMFS staff electronic technologies working group.
    Erika Feller
    The Nature Conservancy
    Erika is Director of North American Fisheries for The Nature Conservancy, focusing on promoting fisheries co-management and improving fishery science and data to support management. Previous roles and affiliations included positions included Deputy Associate Director for Ecosystems at the White House CEQ. At TNC she has worked with a broad range of stakeholders to catalyze change in industry, protect critical habitat and build sustainable fisheries. She received a M.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland.
    John Hoey
    NOAA NE Fisheries Science Center
    John is director of the Northeast Cooperative Research Program at NEFSC, where a copre program activity has been the development of an e-logbook program.
    Amy Martin
    Chief, Fisheries Sampling Branch
    NOAA NE Fisheries Science Center
    Woods Hole, MA
    Amy oversees the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program, the At-Sea Monitoring Program and the Industry-Funded Scallop Observer Program.

    Christopher McGuire
    Christopher McGuire is the Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. Chris is focused on implementing collaborative and community based solutions to pressing fisheries and conservation challenges. The Conservancy is a global leader in deploying innovative technology to improve the information used for fisheries management, and Chris helps lead an EM project in the New England groundfish fishery. Before joining the Conservancy he sailed as Captain aboard oceanographic research vessels at Sea Education Association for more than a decade. He has a B.A. from Connecticut College, holds a 1600 Ton USCG Ocean Master’s License and earned a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
    Bradley S. McHale
    Bradley S. McHale
    HMS Management Division
    Brad is the Northeast Branch Chief of the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management Division at NMFS's Office of Sustainable Fisheries. He and his team are responsible for the development and implementation of the Electronic Monitoring program for the Atlantic HMS Pelagic Longline fleet. They established a highly innovative design of individual bycatch quotas, performance-based management measures, and electronic monitoring to create individual incentives for fishermen to reduce bycatch of bluefin tuna while supporting sustainable fishing for other pelagic species.
    Mary Beth Tooley
    O’Hara Corporation
    Mary Beth is employed by the O’Hara Corporation in Rockland, Maine, where she coordinates government and regulatory affairs for commercial fishing operations. The O’Hara Corporation is a family held company with commercial fishing vessels that participate in the Bering Sea groundfish fisheries; and Atlantic Sea Scallop and Herring fisheries. Mary Beth is also a member of the New England Fishery Management Council.
    Morgan Wealti
    Morgan Wealti
    Saltwater Inc.
    Morgan Wealti, Saltwater Inc., works closely with both industry and NOAA Fisheries on EM projects across the U.S. Based in Massachusetts, Morgan manages Saltwater’s contracts for EM implementation on the Atlantic pelagic longline fleet, a test of EM for the New England herring and mackerel fisheries, and several pilot projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Hawaii. Morgan spent 4 years collecting data in the Bering Sea and Eastern Pacific as an observer before turning her talents to EM.