Jon Hare

NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Science & Research Director

Jon has studied fisheries oceanography for the past 25 years. He oversees multi-objective oceanographic monitoring programs for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and contributes oceanographic data to stock and ecosystem assessments. His research interests include: i) the effects of climate variability and change on living marine resources, ii) incorporation of climate and oceanographic factors into assessments and management, iii) understanding the structure and function of the northeast U.S. continental shelf Large Marine Ecosystem, and iv) the biological and physical processes that drive the dynamics of marine fishes. He has been lead author on more than twenty peer-reviewed publications and junior author on more than eighty. Recently he has been involved in the development of NOAA Fisheries Climate Vulnerability Assessment and lead the implementation of the assessment methodology in the Northeast. 

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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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Robert Beal

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Executive Director

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