The Network

Since 2010, GEARNET has emerged as a regional network that includes a broad range of individuals and organizations that are involved in the Northeast groundfish fishery. This unprecedented network includes people and organizations with expertise in fishing, fishing gear conservation engineering, fishery management, fishery stock assessment, fishery-related social science and fishing gear extension and outreach. The GEARNET organizational structure includes a Principle Investigator (PI)/Coordinating Group that oversees the program, the Technical Committee which includes the PI/Coordinator group and reviews and develops projects, and a large Participant Group that is engaged in developing and carrying out projects and includes fishermen, technicians, deck hands, and net-makers.

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GEARNET PI / Coordinating Group (click names for email addresses)
Erik Chapman NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH, PI
Steve Eayrs Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), Co-Lead PI
Pingguo He School for Marine Science and Technology, UMass Dartmouth, PI
Jon Knight Superior Trawl, PI
Earl Merideth Northeast Cooperative Research Program (NOAA/NEFSC), Coordinator
Mike Pol Massachussetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Co-Lead PI
Mike Walsh F/V Guardian, F/V Atlantic Prince, PI
Carolyn Woodhead Northeast Cooperative Research Program (NOAA/NEFSC), Coordinator


GEARNET Technical Committee
Tor Bendiksen Reidar's Manufacturing, Inc.
David Beutel Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (RI CRMC)
Carl Bouchard F/V Stormy Weather, NH
Antonio Borges F/V Sao Paulo, MA
Steve Cadrin School for Marine Science and Technology, UMASS Dartmouth
Douglas Christel NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division
Patricia Collins Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI)
Jayson Driscoll F/V Karen Lyn, NH
Trevor Ford NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division
Mark Gauron F/V Captain Al, NH
Daniel Georgianna School for Marine Science and Technology, UMass Dartmouth
Chris Glass University of New Hampshire / Northeast Consortium
David Goethel F/V Ellen Dianne, NH
Tom Lyons F/V Marion J, NH
Ken La Valley University of New Hampshire / Seagrant
Glen Libby Midcoast Fishermen's Association, NEFMC
Henry Milliken NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Protected Species Branch
Dana Morse University of Maine / Seagrant
Neal Pike F/V Sandi Lynn, Seabrook, NH
Mary O'Rourke Trawlworks, Inc.
James Reardon Manager of the Northeast Sectors VI and X
Ryan Silva NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division
Laura Skrobe University of Rhode Island / Seagrant
Steve Welch F/V Holly and Abby
John Williamson Sea Keeper LLC