Applicant Search/Marine Mammal Bycatch Analyst

Holly Pope holly at noaa.gov
Fri Aug 22 10:18:35 EST 1997


Applicant Search

NMFS has an opening for a temporary (15 month) position
for Marine Mammal Bycatch Analyst

Announcement open from August 13 - September 3, 1997


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) acts as custodian of marine
mammals and living marine resources (Marine Mammal Protection Act,
Endangered Species Act, and the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and
Management Act). The Northeast Regional Office (NER) and the Northeast
Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) carry out the responsibilities of the
NMFS in the northeast region. The NER fulfills administrative
responsibilities, and the NEFSC conducts scientific research and
provides scientific information in support of the NER. The Protected
Species Branch (PBS) at NEFSC is responsible for assessing all marine
mammal stocks in the northeast.

The Protected Species Branch annually assesses the status of marine
mammal stocks off the northeastern coast of  the US.  Stocks are either
classified as strategic or non-strategic stocks. This is determined by
estimating the abundance of the stock, the bycatch, and the potential
net growth to determine the amount of incidental bycatch that is
biologically acceptable.

Annual bycatch estimates of marine mammals incidentally killed in the
commercial fisheries are required.  To estimate bycatch, several
datasets are examined to estimate the rate at which animals are
incidentally killed within a fishery and the amount of total effort that
exists.  These two pieces of information are used to estimate bycatch.

The incumbent will assist in the analysis and estimation of bycatch in
the Atlantic pelagic driftnet fishery. Additional analyses will also be
conducted to evaluate the efficacy of alternative management approaches
(e.g., time/area closures) in reducing future bycatch losses.  In
addition, new datasets have been created and established. Analyses are
needed to determine their usefulness and validity.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Department of Commerce is
committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the
diversity of our nation.

We encourage all applicants to visit the OPM website at
http://www.opm.gov for instructions on how and where to apply.



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