Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Announces New Advisory Council Membership
October 3, 2001

Contact: Anne Smrcina, 781-545-8026 x204

A TIME Magazine Hero-of-the-Planet, a vice-president of a major marine research company, and an owner of one of Boston's largest marine commuter vessel companies are among the 21 accomplished individuals who will help guide management of the Gerry E. Studds/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary located off the Massachusetts coast.

The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces membership of the new Sanctuary Advisory Council for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Twelve members represent stakeholder groups, such as whale watching, commercial fishing, ocean conservation, research and education, which have an interest in the Sanctuary and its resources. Three members serve as citizens-at-large from locations within New England. Representatives from six government agencies with interests or jurisdictions within the Sanctuary serve as ex-officio members.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was designated by an Act of Congress in 1992. Virtually the size of Rhode Island, the site protects an 842-square-mile stretch of open water and seafloor habitat at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. It is a major feeding area for the great whales and exhibits some of the highest diversity of fish species in the Gulf of Maine. Stellwagen Bank is world-renowned as a whalewatching destination and historically important as a fishing ground.

Recent interest in development of marine protected areas in the Gulf of Maine, continuing problems of vessel interactions with marine mammals, and upcoming revision of the Sanctuary's management plan are among numerous reasons why creation of the advisory council is critically important at this time. Council members will provide advice to Sanctuary Superintendent Craig MacDonald, report Sanctuary progress and programs to their respective organizations, and provide a means of disseminating Sanctuary-related information to the public. Members are appointed for three-year terms and may compete for re-appointment.

The Gerry E. Studds/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of 13 such sites in the nation and the only one in the Northeast. The mission of the National Marine Sanctuaries is to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of these marine protected areas. For more information about the Sanctuary Advisory Council or the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, contact Anne Smrcina at 781-545-8026 ext. 204.

The Sanctuary Advisory Council members are:


Mason Weinrich, Exec. Director and Chief Scientist, The Whale Center of New England, Gloucester, MA

Peter Auster, Ph.D., Science Director, National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, Groton, CT


Susan Farady, MPA Proj. Manager, Ocean Conservancy, Gulf of Maine Office, S. Portland, ME

Priscilla M. Brooks, Ph.D., Dir., Marine Resources Proj., Conservation Law Foundation, Boston


Peter R. Borrelli, Executive Director, Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA

Kevin C. Chu, Ph.D., Director, Office of Cooperative Programs Coordination, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA

Marine Transportation

Frederick L. Nolan, III, Managing Partner, Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston, MA


Barry J. Gibson, Editor, Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, Boston, MA

Whale Watching

Alan G. (Jerry) Hill, President, Yankee Fleet, Gloucester, MA

Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing

William A. Adler, Executive Director, Mass. Lobstermen's Association, Scituate, MA

Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing

William H. Amaru, Captain, FV Joanne A. III (dragger), South Orleans, MA


Jackson S. Kent, III, Board of Directors, Mass. Marine Trades Association, Milton, MA


Richard C. Wheeler, Trustee, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA

Sally Yozell, Vice President, Battelle Laboratories (Duxbury Operations), Duxbury, MA

John Williamson, Fishing Community Activist, ME

Alternates to the Council are:


Porter Hoagland, Ph.D., Public Policy Research Specialist, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA

Judith Pederson, Ph.D., Manager, Center for Coastal Resources, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program, Cambridge, MA


Regina A. Asmutis-Silvia, Biologist, International Wildlife Coalition, East Falmouth, MA

Gib Chase, Wildlife Biologist, Northborough, MA


Michael S. Connor, Ph.D., V.P., Programs and Exhibits, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

J. Michael Williamson, Director, WhaleNet and Assoc. Professor, Wheelock College, Boston,

Marine Transportation

William C. Eldridge, Owner/Operator, Peabody & Lane Corp./Mediterranean Shipping Co. Inc., Boston


Roger Jarvis, Owner/Captain, Jazz Sport Fishing, Duxbury, MA

Whale Watching

David A. Slocum, Senior Captain, New England Aquarium Whale Watch, Boston,

Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing

John W. Pappalardo, Policy Director, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Assoc., N. Chatham, MA

Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing

Robert B. MacKinnon, Captain and President, Massachusetts Bay Inshore Commercial Ground Fishermen's Assoc., Inc., Marshfield, MA


Peter Davidoff, Co-Owner, Bossport Docking and Constitution Marina, Boston,


Charles Rasak, Creative Director, Creative Resources Group, Plymouth, MA

Rob Robertson, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of Resource Economics and Development, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Donald R. Hourihan, Scituate Waterways Commission, Scituate, MA

The non-voting ex-officio members are:


Richard A. Murray, Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police

Thomas W. Skinner, Director, Office of Coastal Zone Management

Paul J. Diodati, Director, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries


Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fisheries Management Council

Patricia A. Kurkul, Northeast Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service

Rear Admiral G.N. Naccara, Commander, First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard



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