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Walt Golet

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Walt Golet

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Walt Golet



350 Commercial Street
Portland, ME  04101


B.S. University of Maine 1997, M.S. University of New Hampshire 2004, Ph.D. University of New Hampshire 2010


Highly migratory species tunas, billfish, swordfish and sharks are large charasmatic fish that undertake seasonal migrations across entire ocean basins to satisfy their reproductive and foraging requirements.  Some of these species, like tunas and swordfish have high commercial value and are fished by many different countries around the globe.  In the Atlantic alone, more than 50 countires within North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia pursue these species.  The migratory capacity of these fish combined with the number of countries that fish for them means management takes place at the international level.  The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is the regional fisheries management organization tasked with managing this group of fish.  As with all exploited fish stocks, assessments are conducted to determine population status and for the allocation of fishing quotas.  Given the mobility of these species and that fact that their primary habitat is typically far from the coast, trying to understand their life history is challenging.  There are major data gaps in stock assessments even for basic life history informaiton lke age and growth.  My research focuses on imporving those assessments through a more thorough understanding of life history.  Specifically age, growth, energetics, stock structure, reproduction, foraging ecology, migration and distribution.  In addition to my research, I play an active role in management of these species through participation at the Standing Committe on Research and Statistics (SCRS, ICCAT's scientific branch), the US ICCAT Advisory Committee and the NOAA Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel where my roles are defined as scientific contributior, technical advisor, and academic representative respectively.  




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