Written by Leslie Taylor
Alexandria, VA – Margaret Hunter, scientist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, was presented the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Annual Award of Excellence in Alexandria, Va., for her outstanding contributions to the fisheries science and management programs of the ASMFC and the state of Maine.
Hunter has served on the Commission’s Northern Shrimp Technical Committee for well over a decade and for the majority of those years, she provided critical leadership as its Chair. Over the course of her chairmanship, she directed the technical committee’s work through two peer-reviewed benchmark stock assessments, several annual stock assessment updates, two major plan amendments, and several addenda. Further, she has provided valuable scientific advice to the Northern Shrimp Section on quota setting, monitoring, reference points, and effort controls. She is one of those truly gifted scientists who is not only able to conduct sound scientific analysis, but is also able to effectively communicate the analysis and findings in a relatable and understandable way to both fishery managers and fishermen.
Hunter has been a dedicated scientist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources for over 30 years, conducting field research on northern shrimp, Atlantic herring, sea urchins, groundfish and other species, as well as providing valuable computer and analytical support for numerous fisheries projects.
Since 2000, she has been responsible for the monitoring and assessment of Maine’s sea urchin and northern shrimp fisheries. Both programs are critically important in that they provide the scientific foundation for management of these valuable fisheries.
Hunter’s outstanding work ethic and commitment to detailed, but understandable, scientific advice has set an example for other scientists at the Maine Department of Marine Resources as well as those working on the Commission’s technical and stock assessment committees.
The Commission established the Annual Awards of Excellence in 1998 to recognize the important contributions of individuals to the success of the organization. The awards are given in the areas of law enforcement, legislation, management & policy, and scientific, technical & advisory contributions. Each year, the Commission honors the very best contributions in those areas.
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