Thursday, March 12, 2015

12/03/2015: Marine Stewardship Council names Marin Hawk as Fisheries Manager

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is pleased to announce Marin Hawk has been named the organization’s Fisheries Manager for US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fisheries and will be the primary outreach representative for fisheries in these areas.  Previously with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), Ms Hawk is based in MSC’s recently opened Washington, DC office.

At ASMFC, Ms Hawk was a Fishery Management Plan Coordinator where she was responsible for the development and coordination of fishery management plans for six of the Commission’s species and was the primary point of contact for industry members, scientists and other stakeholders.  She has also worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a Fisheries Data Coordinator. 

Geoff Bolan, MSC’s US Program Director, said:  “We’re delighted to welcome Marin and to have her based on the East Coast to be even more accessible for US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fisheries. Marin is well-known in the industry from her time with the ASMFC and brings to the MSC extensive knowledge and experience working with fisheries and promoting responsible and effective management.”

As MSC Fisheries Manager, Ms Hawk is responsible for outreach to fisheries within the US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, which includes education about the MSC program, assessment process, and certification requirements.

“I look forward to working with Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fisheries and their respective processors, management agencies, government representatives and NGO partners to build understanding of the MSC program.  I have always had an interest in sustainable seafood and I am excited about this opportunity to make a positive and enduring impact on our oceans and fisheries,” she said. 

Around half (53 percent) of fisheries in the USA and two-thirds (62 percent) of Canadian fisheries are engaged with the MSC program. Together these fisheries account for approximately 3.2 million metric tons of seafood caught every year. With the growth of the program in the Americas, MSC is moving toward having representatives available to fishery and commercial partners within more specific geographic areas. 

Jay Lugar, the previous fisheries outreach representative for much of the area now managed by Ms Hawk, was promoted to Program Director Canada last year and is building out a team in Canada to also better serve partners there.

Read more HERE.

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