Aquaculture International Consulting Assignments

July 2015: on going: COFAD, in consortium with its sister company GOPA Com. , has been awarded by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), with the contract for the provision of services in support of fisheries and aquaculture monitoring and evaluation under the EMFF 2014-2020.

In the new programming period (2014-2020), the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) have adopted a stronger result orientation. This implies that the Operational Programmes of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) should be subject to regular monitoring and evaluation in order to improve their quality and demonstrate their achievements.

In line with this, the EMFF Regulation includes for the first time a Common Monitoring and Evaluation System (CMES) for the purpose of measuring the performance of the EMFF and its contribution to the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and the EU2020 Strategy.

To support the implementation of this new requirement, the Commission has set up the Fisheries and Aquaculture Monitoring and Evaluation (FAME) initiative. Its aim is to foster the development of the CMES and to ensure that the required capacity is progressively built across all components of the CMES, so that effective and efficient systems are in place and deliver the information required by the Common Provision Regulation (CPR) and the EMFF Regulation.

In this context, DG MARE has commissioned COFAD and GOPA Com. with the establishment of the FAME Support Unit that brings together a network of experts with a wide range of experience relevant to the goals of the EMFF. The core team of the FAME Support Unit is based in Brussels and will provide support at both the EU level and in the Member States, with the assistance of further thematic experts and of geographical experts working in each Member State.

Who We Are

The organization of OAI is designed to provide the highest level of expertise to its clients at the fairest cost.   This design is a flexible organization that is centered around Dr. Everett, who serves as President and one of the Senior Associates of OAI.   To ensure that OAI's organization has the expertise demanded by its clients, Dr. Everett has recruited a select group of Senior Associates that have expertise in each of OAI's business areas.   Additional Associates (beyond these) have worked on industry financial services, on hundreds of scientific and administrative projects, on aquaculture animal health and aquaculture modelling, on Information Technology, on engineering, on acquisition office support, on outreach, on Law Enforcement support and on NOAA history.   On any day about 300 people are working for OAI customers in locations from Gloucester, Massachusetts to the Western Pacific Island Territories, and to the Arctic and Antarctic. The Senior Associates are all available to advise when requested and to work on appropriate Tasks. We have employees in a dozen states plus consultants in others and in several countries. The specialties of the Senior Associates are as follows (their resumes are available by hyperlink):

•  Dr. John Everett - Management, Science, stewardship, coordination, IT, representation

•  Dr. Emory Anderson - Program coordination, biology, living resource assessment

•  Dr. Robert Brock - Science education, spatial planning, science/mgt of protected areas

•  Mr. Michael D. Broderick – Mgt. consulting, business process, IT, logistics, DOD support

•  Mr. Kenneth Cooley - Project management, facilities, research vessels

•  Dr. Tracy Collier - Enviro. conservation, seafood safety, toxicology, watershed processes

•  Dr. Peter Fricke - Societal & oil spill impact analyses, maritime and resource use policy

•  Mr. Spencer Garrett - Public health, seafood origin, quality, inspection, safety

•  Dr. Dan Grosse - Education, biology, coastal ecology, aquaculture

•  Mr. James B. Hill - Training, logistics, supply chain mgt., IT, e-business, inventories

•  Mr. John Hotaling - Facilities, research & merchant vessels, real estate, project mgt.

•  Ms Anne Lange - Recreational fisheries, state relations, stock assessment, EIA

•  Dr. R. Michael Laurs - Research & facility mgt., biology, biological oceanography

•  Ms Dorothy Leonard - Estuarine ecology, water quality, molluscan aquaculture

•  Dr. Richard Marasco - Economics, resource mgt. advice, research admin.

•  Mr. Curt Marshall - Strategic planning, econ, performance mgt., Congressional affairs, policy

•  Dr. Jeanne McKnight - Outreach, fisheries and aquaculture representation, issues

•  Dr. James McVey - Outreach, fisheries and aquaculture representation, issues

•  Mr. Peter Milone - Program mgt., natural resource develop. & mgt, US & Pacific Islands

•  Mr. Bruce Morehead - Economics, aquaculture and natural resource management

•  Mr. Robert Williams - Facilities (enviro. compliance & replace) & resource policy

Plus scientific, technical and admin. staff as needed - from recent grads to former senior government and industry staff


John T. Everett. Dr. Everett comes from a fishing family and worked 31 years in 13 positions in the Federal Government as a researcher, analyst and manager in fisheries and ocean programs. He is President of Ocean Associates, Inc. and has been Manager of the UN Atlas of the Oceans ( during its development and first decade for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy. The Atlas is CD-ROM and Internet-based, containing information relevant to sustainable development of the oceans and to the advancement of ocean science. He provides consulting services on oceans and fisheries policy and sustainability, global climate change and impacts at the global and local level on fisheries and on oceans, including adaptation strategies. He also owns OceansArt.US and TechnologySite, web based businesses that provide free ocean-related photos and sell high-resolution versions and prints (Dr. Everett is also a professional photographer associated with Marine Photobank.) His Federal positions included: Senate Commerce Committee (Ocean Policy Study) staff, Staff to NOAA Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Dir. of Policy and Planning, Manager of Dolphin/Tuna research, and Chief of Fisheries Development. He has coordinated fishing gear and sampling equipment development. He has chaired or co-chaired several impact analyses (fisheries, Polar Regions, Oceans, and Coastal Zones) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Ecosystem Indicators of Climate Change. As an outgrowth of his recent Congressional testimony on the impacts of climate change on fisheries and oceans he implemented an unbiased website:  Until recently he was Chief of the NOAA Fisheries Division of Research. Prior to NOAA, he coordinated launches in the Apollo Program at Cape Kennedy and was a commercial fisherman in Massachusetts. He recently testified in Congress on the impacts of climate change on fisheries and oceans, on considerations for forage fish management and twice in 2010 on ocean acidification and the Gulf oil spill. He holds a Doctorate and Masters from Florida State University focused on systems analysis, natural resources research and management, and on quantitative methods, and a Bachelors from the Univ. of Massachusetts in Engineering. More information.
Emory D. Anderson. Dr. Anderson has over 35 years of university, Federal, and international service in fisheries science and its administration. He is former (1989–1993) General Secretary of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the world’s oldest intergovernmental marine science organization. His career includes a 14-month post-doctoral appointment (1969-1970) in the Institute of Water Research and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, 81⁄2 years (1985-1993) with ICES, and the remainder with NOAA Fisheries (NMFS). His primary experience and expertise is in fish stock assessments acquired at the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Woods Hole, MA) from 1970 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1998. His service with ICES included Statistician in charge of fishery assessment and statistics matters and General Secretary, chief executive of the 35-person Secretariat located in Copenhagen, Denmark. After returning to NMFS Woods Hole in early 1994, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop and liaison to the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. From 1999-2004, he was with the NMFS Office of Science and Technology in Silver Spring, MD serving as NMFS Liaison to NOAA’s National Sea Grant Program. In the National Sea Grant Office, he was Program Director for Fisheries, responsible for promoting fisheries research within the Sea Grant network, improving collaboration between Sea Grant and NMFS, and managing several competitive research and fellowship programs. Dr. Anderson brings considerable and diverse experience in a wide range of marine science disciplines, but primarily fish stock assessments. He has authored well over 100 published scientific reports and papers, and edited several books and an ICES symposium proceedings. He holds a Doctorate in Fisheries Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors in Mathematics from Dana College.
Robert J.Brock. Dr. Brock recently worked at NOAA's National Ocean Service. His major duties/responsibilities were to serve as the national facilitator for working with select National System Marine Protected Areas partners and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Climate Team to develop Issue Profiles pertaining to the ecological impact of climate stressors and what MPAs can do to lessen these impacts. He facilitated and presented MPA science to a wide variety of audiences; Served as the lead contact on MPA technical issues; represented the Center as a technical expert in international MPA science endeavors (e.g., United Nations, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol. Prior to NOS, Dr. Brock's duties included coordinating, administering, and improving various programs designed to advance NMFS science quality. He organized and participated on peer review panels of biological oceanographic programs; provided technical guidance to the Chief Science Advisor/Office Director/Division Chief. He led Office programs pertaining to coral reef science and all activities relating to marine protected areas (MPA). He provided programmatic advice on research issues in cooperation with NOAA Fisheries Science Centers and Regional Offices. He served as a technical advisor on marine invasive species ecological issues. He served as as technical staf to the NOAA Research Council. He was an author for several NOAA planning publications such as the NOAA 5-Year Research Plan, FY10-14 Caribbean Ecosystem Fisheries Monitoring Plan, and NOAA Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems Research and Management. Dr. Brock has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida International University, an M.S. from Nova University Oceanographic Center in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Florida.

Kenneth R. Cooley. Mr. Cooley has extensive experience in Contracts Administration and Program and Operations Management in the commercial and government arenas, as both a contractor and a client. He has over 45 years of experience in marine environment projects, constructing, converting and repairing marine structures; constructing and installing deep ocean subsea oilfield equipment; providing marine engineering and technical studies, operating scientific vessels and managing engineering and technical personnel in the office and in the field. He has managed projects overseas and in the United States. He served as Engineering Officer on a Hydrographic Ship mapping the Norwegian Trench and on the research ship deploying the test array for the US Navy SOSUS Sonar System.   At Westinghouse he produced the test procedures for the NERVA Nuclear Rocket Engine Test Stand, assisted in the set-up of the Deep Submergence School for the US Navy, then operating the Bathyscaph Trieste, and installed and operated the R & D Launcher for the Poseidon Submarine Ballistic Missile.  At National Steel and Shipbuilding, he represented the company on joint contracts and specifications committees; managed projects from RFP through contract close-out; and managed Special Projects, including design, manufacture and testing of a Highly Skewed Propeller for shipboard applications. He was Program Manager for the design, construction and delivery of two offshore oil platform power and quarters modules and managed the Feasibility Study and Business Plan to create a new company operating division and established its operations within existing internal policies and procedures.  He was Manager of Cost and Planning for a $176 million subsea oil field project for the Peoples Republic of China involving three engineering firms, three fabricators and one operating firm, in the US, Japan, Singapore and China. The project finished on time and below budget and won the 1997 Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished Achievement Award. He has managed ship construction activities for a US oil firm, including ship designs, fabrication contract negotiations, change orders, and field inspectors.  Mr. Cooley has an MS in Business Administration from California State University, San Diego and a BS in Marine Engineering from the California Maritime Academy.

Tracy Collier. Dr. Collier worked for more than 30 years at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, ending up as the Director of the Environmental Conservation Division, where his research portfolio included environmental toxicology and chemistry, assessing oil spill impacts, harmful algal blooms, seafood safety, and watershed processes. Following his ‘retirement’ from that position, he served as the science advisor for NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative from 2010-2014, and also was a technical advisor to NOAA and other natural resource trustees charged with assessing injuries to marine mammals and sea turtles after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from 2010-2016. He accepted a role from 2012-2014 as the Science Director for the Puget Sound Partnership, a Washington State agency charged with protecting and recovering Puget Sound, protecting the ecosystem services that it provides, and with using science to inform management and policy. Tracy was also appointed to the Delta Independent Science Board in California in 2010, and recently finished serving for 2 years as the chair of that Board. Dr. Collier has been consulting with Vietnam on regional planning in the Mekong River Delta, specifically to protect both wild capture and cultured fisheries, and he also consults with First Nations in British Columbia on environmental and human health risks associated with proposed pipeline projects. Dr. Collier received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1988, has over 160 scientific publications, and he plans to retire again someday. More information.

Peter H. Fricke. Dr. Fricke has over 50 years experience in maritime industries, natural resources management and international development. He began his career in the British merchant navy, followed by academic and research positions of increasing responsibility at British and U.S. universities and research institutions. He moved to NMFS in 1984 as Sociologist in the Office of Fisheries Management. Here he worked for 26 years at the national level in the areas of fishery development, fishery management, policy research and formulation, and program management. He also served on several Federal fishery task force projects which included the development of regulations to implement Congressional amendments to the Magnuson Stevens Act, an extensive review of the impact of NEPA on NMFS and NOAA programs, and development of training programs related to the MSA. At the NMFS regional level, Dr. Fricke provided social science guidance and research assistance to regional fishery management councils and NMFS regional offices and science centers. Examples of this work include the social impact assessment of North Pacific halibut and sablefish IFQs, numerous workshops on social impact assessment for fishery managers, and service on ad-hoc regional fishery management projects. Prior to joining NMFS, Dr. Fricke also served as a consultant to the Government of Liberia at the United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea (1975-1980), the London Dumping Convention (1977-1979) and the IMCO meetings on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. During the 1970s, Dr. Fricke also worked as a consultant and trainer for UNCTAD’s developing country ports and harbors management program. He was a member of the British Advisory Committee on Oil Pollution of the Sea, and undertook social impact assessments of the Argo Merchant and Bouchard 65 oil spills for NOAA and the Amoco Cadiz oil spill for the Liberian Maritime Commission. Earlier, he also worked as an apprentice and then navigating officer in the British Merchant Navy from 1956 to 1970. His academic research interests have centered on the study of rural and coastal communities, social impact assessments of the effects of regulatory actions, and natural resource management. Most recently he has been developing and managing a farmland conservation program in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Dr. Fricke holds a BA (Sociology) from New York University, an MPA from The American University, and PhD (Sociology) from the University of Durham.
E. Spencer Garrett. Spencer served 48 years in the NOAA NMFS and predecessor agencies. He last served as Director of The National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) in Pascagoula. Under his leadership, the NSIL became the premier seafood Public Health Center providing scientific services to the NOAA Fisheries Seafood Inspection Program dealing with seafood safety, commerce, trade issues, and also to other Federal agencies, states, the seafood industry as well as forensics support to Law Enforcement. He has served as a seafood safety and public health consultant to both FAO and WHO and has over 200 presentations, feasibility studies, and/or publications dealing with consumer protection in the consumption of fishery products. At the request of Congress, he led the design of the mandatory Seafood Inspection Program based upon the HACCP system concept. The program development involved more than 1,200 Federal, state, and industry personnel, and pilot tests in over 200 seafood plants and 77 fishing vessels. The program underpins the current FDA HACCP-based seafood regulations and USDAlHACCP meat and poultry regulations in the US and around the world. Spencer's executive portfolio also included aquatic animal health issues. He represented NOAA on the Federal Interagency (USDA/APHIS, USDIIFWS and NOAA/NMFS) executive committee to oversee development of a National Aquatic Animal Health Plan for the USA. While the leading US authority on seafood issues, Spencer is also knowledgeable of the entire federal fisheries mission, having led discussions and presented in various fora. Spencer received numerous awards including the NOAA Bronze and Gold Medals, Lifetime Career Achievement Award, the FDA Special Recognition Award for his Codex activities and similar accolades from National and International scientific organizations. Spencer received his BS/MS degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a veteran of the US Coast Guard.
Daniel J. Grosse. Dr. Grosse is co-founder and president of TerrAqua Environmental Science and Policy, LLC, a Washington, DC-based environmental consulting firm that focusses on aquaculture and agriculture development. He developed studies and projects for clients ranging from small traditional maritime and Native American communities—including developing an oyster culture project on Smith Island, in the Chesapeake Bay—to a Fortune 500 company to helping to commercialize a marine recirculating aquaculture technology developed by the University of Maryland. He has worked for NOAA and the U.S. Navy, and has farmed on Israeli agricultural collectives. Currently, he also grows oysters commercially on Chincoteague Island, VA (Toby Island Bay Oyster Farm, which he founded), and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate Program in Environmental Management. Dr. Grosse has a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington.
John M. Hotaling. Mr Hotaling is a senior program, acquisition, and mission project manager with over 15 years experience managing complex major ship, aircraft, and infrastructure acquisition projects. He has engineering, technical, supervisory, contract administration, budget formulation and program execution skills. His capabilities and experience are in all aspects of program planning and control, including strategic planning, requirements definition, project acquisition planning, task definition, engineering, budget development, project management, specification preparation, schedule control, cost control, contract performance monitoring, ship design, construction and operation support and supervision. He has an extensive maritime background involving commercial, military and research ships and associated facilities. His leadership and team-building skills include significant interagency coordination focused on major ship modernization and conversion projects to meet unique user needs. He was instrumental in initiating the new NOAA/NMFS fisheries research ship construction program from inception to contract. He is experienced in working in a maritime regulation compliance structure. He holds a USCG engineers license, and has significant sea time conducting vessel tests and trials. Mr. Hotaling has a BS in Marine Engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Anne M. Lange.Ms. Lange has over 33 years of experience in marine fisheries science, research and management. For over 20 years, she conducted research for the NMFS NEFSC Woods Hole Laboratory, providing scientific advice to Federal, State and international fishery managers on coastal migratory and offshore pelagic stocks. Her research included individual stock assessments and biological, environmental and technological (gear-related) interactions in multi-species fisheries. She has developed and implemented research programs in collaboration with numerous state and foreign fishery agencies and various research institutions. From 1996-2006, she worked closely with the coastal states on numerous joint Federal-State fishery management issues, initially as a State-Federal coordinator and most recently as Chief of the State-Federal Fisheries Division in NMFS’ Office of Sustainable Fisheries. She has authored or co-authored over 70 fisheries papers, reports and journal publications and has experience in preparing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. Ms. Lange holds a MS in Fisheries Science from University of Washington and a BS in Fisheries from the University of Massachusetts.
R. Michael Laurs. Dr. Michael Laurs is a demonstrated leader and recognized scientific expert in fisheries oceanography; satellite remote sensing applications to fisheries and oceanography; large pelagic fish ecology, biology, and fisheries; and fisheries interactions with protected species. He also has broad knowledge and understanding of the U.S. fishery management council process. In addition he has had widespread experience in working with international fisheries and marine scientists in Europe, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Nations, Latin America, India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Dr. Laurs enjoyed a distinguished career of 39 years with the NOAA NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center. For about two-thirds of his career he was a fisheries oceanography scientist primarily leading multidisciplinary programs on tunas and other large pelagic fishes. Dr. Laurs also pioneered the development and application of satellite remote sensing in marine fisheries research and fisheries operations. About one-third of his career he was director of NMFS laboratories in Honolulu, Hawaii and Pacific Grove, California. Dr. Laurs is an internationally recognized expert on albacore tuna and satellite applications to fisheries. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and more than 150 government reports, and has presented scientific findings at more than 200 scientific and related meetings. He has served on numerous scientific advisory committees and review panels for Federal, State, and local agencies; for foreign governments; international organizations; and for academic institutions. Dr. Laurs also served for more than 20 years as the scientific advisor to the American Fishermen's Research Foundation and the Western Fishboat Owner's Association. He has a Ph.D. in biological oceanography, a M.S. in general science, and B.S. in Fisheries from Oregon State University. He has served as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii, a Research Assistant at Oregon State, and a Research Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has also worked as an independent consultant to NOAA NESDIS and the University of Hawaii.
Dorothy L. Leonard. Ms. Leonard provides consulting in shellfish restoration, aquaculture, resource management, land use planning, and habitat suitability and restoration. In 20 years at NOAA, her work included being manager of the Habitat Characterization Cross-Cutting Initiative involving NMFS, NOS, NESDIS and OAR. She integrated molluscan shellfish habitat into Essential Fish Habitat activities; defined habitat contributions and the role of water quality, and mapped anecdotal information on shellfish populations and beds. For 25 years she maintained the National Shellfish Register of Classified Estuarine Waters. She collected information from 23 states: classification and extent of classified shellfish waters, pollution sources, landings, species abundance, aquaculture activities, and shellfish restoration. She coordinated a mapped database of the US shoreline and over 2000 classified shellfish areas, synthesized and analyzed all shellfish information, and drafted and produced numerous reports. She managed the Site Selection process for the National Indicator Study. She performed analyses of large databases of information on shellfish growing areas and field sampling and pollution sources. She assesed trends in coastal resources and causes and effects; and made recommendations on national policies and research priorities. She entered and stored spatial data and used relational databases to analyze trends and cause and effects . As Pres. of Ocean Equities LLC, she helped watermen develop oyster farming and conducted workshops on Smith and Tangier islands. She led a team to design a project to develop an integrated industry, capable of producing, processing and marketing oysters year-round and began a pilot oyster culture project for Smith Island. She is VP for Development, EcoAquaculture, developing biosecure systems for raising shellfish in the Ches. Bay region. She advises Oyster Recovery Partnership and Magothy River Assoc. on habitat and oyster restoration. She works with Va. Polytechnic Institute and State U. and Va. Sea Grant to develop modeling and mapping tools for localities in MD and VA and strategies to control sediment and nitrogen through riparian buffers and oyster farming. She was Director of the Md. Fisheries Service, managing all fisheries; 6 hatcheries, an animal health lab, 6 field offices and the central office. As Director, she also served as Commissioner, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and member, Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. She developed a Striped Bass Summit and fisheries allocation policy and chaired the Fisheries Mgmt Workgroup of the Ches. Bay Commission.  For Southampton, NY, she developed maps of areas suitable for shellfish culture and modified them based on feedback from user groups, and data on navigation and boating activity, submerged aquatic vegetation, and other conflicts.  Education: Syracuse U., Maxwell School of Political Science; B.A. Cum Laude and Graduate Coursework at George Washington U. and State U. of New York, Brockport.
Richard J. Marasco. In his capacity as Director of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s, Resource Ecology and Fisheries Mgmt Division (REFM) for nearly 25 years, Dr. Marasco’s built interdisciplinary research programs to generate information necessary for managing the marine fish and shellfish resources off Alaska, earning the Center a reputation as a leader in developing state-of-the-act techniques for building sustainable fisheries. He led development of multispecies management and ecosystem models for the Bering Sea and NE Pacific; led the setting of guidelines for implementing fisheries policy for target species, incidentally taken species, and ecosystem-based management; improved stock assessment techniques for groundfish; oversaw the N. Pacific Groundfish Observer Program including implementation of the domestic observer program for Alaska groundfish fisheries, one of the largest observer programs in the world; established REFM's Food Habits Laboratory (to study predator-prey interactions) and Radiometrics Laboratory (to determine the age of fishes).   Dr. Marasco has provided advice and expertise on a broad spectrum of issues. His time spent on the N. Pacific Fishery Management Council, Scientific and Statistical Committee from 1979-1994, as committee vice chairman (1981-87) and chairman (1987-91 and 1998-2004), is praised by the Council Executive Director. “His participation and leadership on the Council’s SSC over those many years, coupled with his support of the Council process through his REFM Directorship, contributed enormously to the conservation and management of the fisheries resources of the North Pacific.” He played a key role in developing collaborative research with foreign nations and international groups. He served as chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee, Convention for the Conservation and Management of Pollock Resources in the Central Bering Sea; U.S. Delegate and Member of PICES (N. Pacific Marine Science Org.); and chairman of the PICES Finance and Administration Committee. Dr. Marasco also was the first chairman of the N. Pacific Research Board’s Science Panel.  His philosophy of hiring high quality staff and helping them to see key research issues facing management encouraged creativity and ingenuity. His ability to hire individuals with diverse backgrounds created an academic-like setting in a government institution. Such leadership led to the formation of a scientific staff capable of analyzing biological, economic, and social impacts of complex fishery management schemes.Education:He has a B.S. in Applied Statistics And Computer Science and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics-from Utah State University and a PhD. from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics.
Curt Marshall. Curt Marshall retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2011 after being the Director of Strategic Planning for 12 years.. He led the development of the last five VA-wide strategic plans. He also developed and supported the VA Governance Process, which included the VA Executive Board (VAEB) and the Strategic Management Council (SMC), which became the primary bodies for strategy, execution, and overall governance and oversight throughout the VA. He worked very closely with the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and the VA senior leadership to develop and execute strategy for VA-wide programs in health care, benefits, and memorial affairs, and program oversight. Prior to the VA, Mr. Marshall served as Chief of Strategic Planning for the Department of Commerce and led the development of its first Annual Performance Plan under GPRA. He also was Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Planning within NOAA, and helped develop NOAA’s first Strategic Plan. As part of his 10 years with NOAA and the Department of Commerce, Mr. Marshall worked on significant fisheries, oceans, climate- and other environmental issues, in addition to strategic planning and NOAA policy and governance issues. Before joining NOAA, Mr. Marshall was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Oceanography for the Committee on House Merchant Marine and Fisheries where he worked on all primary marine legislation. In addition to his 10 years of legislative experience on Capitol Hill, he also served as the Fish and Wildlife Program Manager for the Northwest Power Planning Council located in Portland, Oregon, where he led the development of the first Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program under the Northwest Power Act. This program has led to significant hydroelectric power revenues being used annually to sustain and enhance fish and wildlife resources, especially salmon, in the Columbia River Basin over the last 30 years. More recently, Mr. Marshall has worked with Telophase, a science and IT engineering company, as the Vice President for Strategic Planning. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Accountability and Performance of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). Mr. Marshall has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his graduate work at both the Graduate School of Public Affairs (now the Evans School) and also at the Institute for Marine Studies at the University of Washington. More information.
Jeanne McKnight. Dr. Jeanne McKnight has extensive experience in international trade issues, regulatory affairs, and food marketing/food safety programs, with a particular emphasis on aquaculture and the global seafood industry. In addition to working successfully with consumers, food distributors, retailers and restaurant operators, she has established relationships with government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA - NMFS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. Jeanne has worked in the food industry since 1980, when she left academia (Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon) to head up the various communications efforts for West Coast and Alaska seafood development and marketing trade associations. She then launched McKnight & Company, a firm that has represented global food and seafood clients. Her work with the Association of Chilean Salmon Farmers (SalmonChile) included introducing fresh Atlantic salmon from Chile to food retailers and restaurants, and—most notably—lobbying on behalf of importers, distributors, and end users of Chilean salmon during an international salmon trade dispute. Since 1990, Jeanne has brought her communications and issues management expertise to bear on domestic and international aquaculture issues. She has led international efforts on seafood and health; trade; and aquaculture feeds. In the summer of 2007, she worked closely with NOAA Aquaculture and Ocean Associates, Inc. to organize the first U.S. Aquaculture Summit: "Making it Work for America." Jeanne attended the Univ. of Minnesota, and received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees, cum laude, from the State Univ. of New York at Buffalo. She also did post-graduate work at Stanford University and was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at Columbia University.
James P. McVey.Dr. McVey until recently was Aquaculture Program Director at NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program, responsible for reviewing university aquaculture proposals and monitoring Sea Grant activities in Florida, Mississippi/Alabama, Louisiana and New York. He was Program Manager for NOAA’s Oyster Disease Research and the Gulf Oyster Industry Initiative and managed the National Aquaculture Initiative, all competitive programs. He also was Chairman of the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture of the US/Japan Panel on Natural Resources (Aquaculture), was Chairman of the US/China Living Marine Resources Panel, and was Chairman of the US/Korea Aquaculture Program. He has also provided input to the NAS review panels on aquaculture, the Federal Coordinating Committees on S&T (Aquaculture and Biotechnology), and Small Business Innovative Research review panels for NSF, USDA and other organizations. He served as technical program officer for Department of Commerce SBIR grants in aquaculture. He received The Department of Commerce Bronze (1995) and Silver (2000) Medals for developing the NOAA Aquaculture Program and international leadership in aquaculture development. He worked for two years in Indonesia with U.S. AID, where he established or upgraded four fresh water shrimp hatcheries on Java and brought improved technology for shrimp hatcheries throughout the country.
      Earlier, Dr. McVey was Aquaculture Division Chief for the NMFS SE Fisheries Center for five years. He helped develop shrimp broodstock nutritional requirements, and techniques for hatcheries, captive spawning of shrimp and fish, and turtle headstarting. For seven years he was the Marine Biologist for the Trust Territory of the Pacific, where he designed and built the Micronesian Mariculture Demonstration Center (MMDC). The MMDC worked on the culture of giant clams, rabbitfish, algae, oysters, and prawns. He introduced brackishwater pond culture to Micronesia.
     Dr. McVey received his B.S. degree from the University of Miami and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii. He has published four major books on aquaculture and has over 50 scientific publications.
Peter A. Milone. Mr. Milone has over 30 years experience in fisheries programs and international business management and development. He held several positions of increasing responsibility with NMFS at both the national and regional levels in the areas of fishery development, fishery management, policy research and formulation, and program management. He began his career in NOAA/NMFS with the Office of Utilization and Development where he worked on a national program for fisheries development with responsibilities for project management, regional coordination and liaison, and policy development. Mr. Milone spent 9 years with the NMFS Western Pacific Program Office where he managed Federal fishery development and resource management programs with the State of Hawaii and U.S. related island territories throughout the Western Pacific. He was also served on several Federal fishery task force projects which included an extensive review of the impact of Federal regulatory and trade laws in the Western Pacific and an assessment of fishery development potential in the Marshall Islands on behalf of the U.S. Trade and Development program. Mr. Milone also served as a consultant to USAID on a program to assess Marine Atoll Research needs in the Republic of Kiribati. Earlier, he also worked as a fishing boat captain in the coastal waters of New Jersey. In addition to his fishery career Mr. Milone has extensive executive business experience having started up, owned, grown and sold two successful companies in the sports industry. He led the international marketing efforts to find and develop successful business partners for his companies in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has excellent analytical, organizational, management and communication skills and is very adept at managing cross functional and cross cultural teams to build strategic partnerships. He holds a MS in international law and economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelors in history and biology from the University of Vermont.
Michael D. Broderick.Colonel Broderick has been in service to the Department of Defense since 1972. He served in the United States Air Force for 30 years as a supply officer and logistician. He had overseas assignments to Germany, England, Australia, Thailand, and Tunisia and supported weapons systems ranging from Australian F-111s to USAF F-4s and C-141s, to Ground Launched Cruise Missiles. Commodity support ranged from consumables and reparable end items to munitions to fuels as well as a security assistance tour. Colonel Broderick's USAF career ended in 2002 and he entered civil service with the Defense Logistics Agency - Energy as Director, Business Process Support Directorate (BPSD). The Directorate is responsible for the Design, Test, Evaluation and Implementation of the “Energy Convergence” to DLA’s Enterprise Business System (EBS) and related business process reengineering. The BPSD will prepare, oversee and administer training on the new systems and conduct change management activities to educate employees and prepare them for EBS. The Directorate provides research, review, and analysis of operational procedures, systems and performance.Colonel Broderick graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1972 and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University. His decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medals, a Legion of Merit, eight Meritorious Service Medals and two Commendation Medals.
Bruce C. Morehead.Mr. Morehead has over 38 years experience in environmental services, working primarily for NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and its predecessor agency. This included two years with the Coastal Plains Regional Commission. He has had a wide variety of positions as an industry economist, trade specialist, policy analyst, and program officer. Beginning in 1980, he held management positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of fishery development, seafood safety, utilization research, fishery disaster relief and fishery management where he served as Deputy and Acting Director for the NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries. He has broad experience in policy formulation and program development and management and has been recognized for his achievements with a Department of Commerce Gold Medal, NOAA Administrator's Award, the NOAA Distinguished Career Award, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration's Special Citation. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College. Since retiring from NMFS in January 2005, he has served as a consultant to the NOAA Aquaculture Program.
Jim Hill.Mr. Hill is a Supply Chain Manager with over 40 years of experience at both the operations level and organization headquarters - both in industry and the military. He has an exceptional background in developing corporate inventory policy, the management of inventories, corporate key performance indicator (KPI) goals, and e-business relationships. He has developed and conducted training programs, including publishing training materials, for over 30 years. He has deep knowledge of software packages used to assist supply change managers. It includes 18 years overall experience in multi-division, multi-warehouse environment. This includes extensive experience in converting data from legacy systems into a single instance; establishing long-term e-business relationships between client and suppliers in a variety of industries, and deep experience with electronic parts manuals including library management and parts book publishing. He has substantial background designing and writing both management and transactional reports with a variety of computer report writing systems including Corvu, Business Objects, and native SQL. He is active as a supply chain consultant in the coal, diamond, and iron ore mining sectors where he assists companies in improving their supply chain management through testing, evaluation, and software defect documentation services and training.  He writes training documents and course syllabus for supply chain activities including warehouse tasks of receiving, issuing, repair cycle monitoring, and purchasing.  He also conducts training classes.  He provides post-implementation on-site monitoring, task direction, problem resolution, and continuing support. Mr Hill has a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University, and a MS in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah.
Robert J Williams. Mr. Williams has over 37 years of diverse marine fisheries experience, beginning with 4 years with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), followed by 12 years at NMFS Headquarters , and for the last 22 years based at the NMFS Regional Office in St. Petersburg, FL. He received numerous recognitions at the NMFS, NOAA and Department of Commerce levels, and the NOAA Career Achievement Award. While with the PSFMC, Bob worked closely with the Western state fisheries agencies in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. His primary focus was the development of an interstate fishery-dependent catch data system, the forerunner of the regional data systems now in place nationally in support of regional fishery management plans. He also helped develop the first State-Federal Fisheries Management Plan (Dungeness crab), the precurssor to today's management format. Bob began his NMFS career in 1977 in Headquarters where he was part of a national team developing rules and guidelines to implement the newly enacted Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Within two years he was in charge of the State-Federal Fisheries Management Program nationally which established coordinated interstate management of fisheries predominately in state waters. The Atlantic Coast Striped Bass Conservation Act is an outgrowth of this program. Bob is an expert on State, interstate and State-Federal fisheries management relationships. From 1982-1989, Bob worked in a variety of Headquarters positions, from Program Manager, to Senior Policy Analyst with focus on Congressional legislation affecting marine resources, to Special Assistant to the NMFS Director. Special assignments included temporary duty to the Northeast Region to oversee fisheries management, protected species, international fisheries, and State-Federal grant programs. Bob twice worked on major reorganization assignments: national reorganization of NMFS, and consolidation of West Coast regions. Bob has substantive experience across all NMFS programs. In 1990, Bob assumed Headquarters national oversight responsibilities for NMFS facilities. Facilities generally were in poor condition and needed major repairs, if not replacement, to support fisheries research and management. Bob became the NMFS liaison to NOAA and DOC in all facility related matters---major repairs, new construction, environmental compliance, safety, etc. Bob has over 20 years of first hand experience in representing client needs in all aspects facilities mainenance, repairs and construction--from inception to completion. Bob has overseen the planning, programming, budgeting, all phases of design, evaluation of proposals, temporary space, relocation, occupancy, punchlist follow up and warranties for numerous government owned and "built-to-suit" major construction projects. Bob has worked on several contruction projects seeking LEED certification, including Platinum. Bob was involved in essentially a total national upgrade or replacement of all NMFS field facilities with public investment of hundreds of millions of dollars. Bob's legacy is an agency field infrastructure designed to support fisheries science and management for the next half century. Bob has a BA in Economics (Nasson College '70), a MBA in Marketing (Syracuse University '72), and a MS in Marine Resource Management (Texas A&M University '73).

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