LCDR Patricia M. Bennett

Deputy Chief/Fisheries LE Officer

Response Division, Fifth Coast Guard District

Lieutenant Commander Patricia M. Bennett, a native of Harpswell, Maine, graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2003 with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. 

Upon graduation, Lieutenant Commander Bennett served as a Deck Watch Officer and Boarding Officer onboard USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, she was assigned as Executive Officer on USCGC MUSTANG (WPB 1310) in Seward, Alaska. In 2005, she served as the Major Cutter Scheduler and Patrol Boat Manager for Coast Guard District Seven’s Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida. In 2010, she commanded USCGC ADAK (WPB 1333) for Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in Manama, Bahrain. Upon completion of that tour, Lieutenant Commander Bennett served as Commanding Officer of USCGC SANIBEL (WPB 1312) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Today, Lieutenant Commander Bennett serves as the Deputy Chief of Enforcement and Fisheries LE Officer for District Five, where she coordinates the Coast Guard's Fisheries Law Enforcement program for units from New Jersey to North Carolina. She is the Fifth District Commander's appointee to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

Lieutenant Commander Bennett has a Master’s in Business Administration from American Military University and a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She has been awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (one award), the Iraqi Campaign medal, and various other unit and service awards.

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Bill Karp

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National Marine Fisheries Service
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Director

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Bill Karp was appointed as the Northeast Science and Research Director on June 26, 2012.  He served as the Acting Director since January 3, 2012.  In this role, he plans, develops, and manages a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research on the living marine resources of the Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, NC.  He also leads NOAA Fisheries’ six northeastern labs and field stations located from Maine to Washington, D.C.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Science and Research Director for the Alaska Fisheries Center for a period of four years.  In that position, Bill provided the services of chief operating officer for the Center, guiding program planning and development, workforce development, administration, fiscal management, facilities oversight, IT systems oversight, and safety and environmental compliance actions.   He is a member of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Science Committee and chairs the ICES Steering Group on Ecosystem Surveys, Science and Technology.  His scientific expertise includes fisheries acoustics, survey design and innovation, bycatch assessment and management, and fishery-dependent data collection and interpretation.  He has served as lead for the Center’s cooperative agreement with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and is a Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government.

Bill was awarded a B.Sc. in Applied Biology by Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 1972 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries by the University of Washington in 1975 and 1982.

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Robert Beal

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Executive Director

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