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Commercial Fisheries Specialist

The College of William & Mary
Lightfoot, Virginia, US
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is seeking applicants for a Commercial Fisheries Specialist. This position is affiliated with the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program.

The Commercial Fisheries Specialist establishes and maintains communication links with individuals, organizations, industry, or other entities involved in the harvesting, processing, and distribution for the fishing community at large. Further, to identify the needs of the fishing community and design and implement research and education, programs (workshops, seminars) to address identified needs.


* Communicate with the commercial fishing industry to determine areas in need of expertise, research, and information. Coordinate the expertise within both VIMS and partner institutes to formalize a communication channel that would serve in information transfer and development of science-based protocols.
* Foster the development of applied research projects directed at answering complex fisheries problems. Facilitate the research and development in areas of expertise (e.g. conservation engineering, bycatch, offshore wind development, fishery product development). Serve as a liaison between industry and researchers to accomplish goals. Establish where needed and maintain existing information exchanges within the industry, as well as between industry and various governmental or regulatory groups (e.g. Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Regional Fisheries Management Councils, NMFS).
* Independently prepare proposals for funding and collaborate with the Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program in the development of Sea Grant Marine Extension Program proposal and other RFPs, grant, and contract opportunities as appropriate to the core fisheries extension responsibilities. Lead or contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. Coordinate the Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program (VFRGP) by managing the annual request for proposals.
* Prepare and convey information on the commercial fisheries industry to the public/coastal resource users via group presentations and appropriate media outlets.
* Process industry VFRGP applications and manage applicant communications. Facilitate the internal and external review process, award preparation and reporting.

About the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS):

VIMS (http:/ / www ) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS serves as the School of Marine Science for William & Mary with masters and doctoral programs within four academic departments: Aquatic Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences. It is expected that the Postdoctoral Investigator will engage with graduate students, staff, and faculty and contribute to the vibrant research community at VIMS.

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