Tag Archives: Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

Hitting the Trail: NOAA’s GARFO leader looks to cultivate culture of collaboration

As debuts go, Mike Pentony’s first day on the job as the regional director for NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office was a corker. The federal government marked his ascension on Jan. 22 as only the federal government can — shutting down all but the most essential government services as a consequence of the usual congressional mumbley-peg. “My first action was to come in and proceed with the orderly shutdown of government operations,” Pentony said recently during an interview in the corner office on the uppermost floor of GARFO headquarters in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park. The respite was short-lived. The shutdown lasted a day. >click to read< 23:52

NOAA regional office eyes 5-year priorities (I say Layoffs should be priority #1!)

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1The draft of a five-year strategic plan developed by NOAA’s Gloucester-based Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is short on specifics and long — very long — on the stilted linguistic gymnastics of the bureaucracy. (well said!) The stated-goal of enhancing community resiliency is sure to raise an eyebrow or two along the Gloucester waterfront. Read the rest here 11:27

Under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Programme, $5.6m boost for US fishing research

FISHING research projects in  New England and the Mid-Atlantic are expected to receive nearly $5.6 million in federal funding  NOAA Fisheries has announced. This latest boost follows a $75-million allocation to a number of fishing disaster areas in the United States. Read more here 07:41

NOAA selects Penobscot River Watershed, and Choptank River Complex for targeted habitat conservation efforts

“Many NOAA offices already are actively engaged with federal, state and local partners to protect and restore habitat in both of these areas,” said John Bullard, regional administrator, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, which covers the Great Lakes and federal coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina. They just can’t seem to stop making up baloney titles! Read more here  14:01

We saved the Cape and Islands’ seals from extinction. Now what?

They’re cute. They’re cuddly (or at least they look it). And they were here long before us. But in recent years calls for culling the growing population of seals on the Cape and Islands have become harder to ignore. Read more here  bostonglobe  08:01