The second highest honorary award granted by the Secretary, a Silver Medal recognizes exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions, which have a direct and lasting impact within the Department. Silver Medals are awarded to individuals, groups (or teams), and organizations.
2011Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Northeast Regional Office
For development and implementation of a fundamentally new management approach to achieve a sustainable and efficient Northeast groundfish fishery.
For developing a ship strike strategy to recover North Atlantic right whales in partnership with the US Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization.
Kathryn Bisack, Heather Haas, Henry Milliken, Kimberly Murray, Debra Palka, Marjorie Rossman, Gordon Waring
For reducing incidental catch of Northwest Atlantic Ocean marine mammals and turtles to promote their recovery to sustainable population levels.
Michael P. Sissenwine
Dr. Sissenwine is honored for negotiating a resolution to the long-standing, adversarial relationship between many
New Englandcommercial fishermen and the scientific research arm of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The controversy centered on the fact that the fisherman did not believe the science that identified stock assessments of certain fish as in jeopardy from overfishing. Through his leadership, scientific expertise, and negotiating skills, an agreeable sampling strategy was forged that involved the use of commercial fishing vessels, government research vessels, and university research vessels by fishermen and government and non-government scientists.
Sybil P. Seitzinger
Dr. Seitzinger is recognized for advancing understanding of the biogeochemical cycling in the ocean of Nitrogen, one of the important greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change. Her creativity provides new scientific evidence for accelerating control of anthropogenically< caused excessive Nitrogen inputs to marine environments, reducing the problem of coastal eutrophication and global warming related to greenhouse gas emissions.
John E. O'Reilly
Mr. O'Reilly is recognized for development of a new algorithm for calculating ocean color backscatter for NASA's new Sea Viewing Wide Field of View Sensor (SeaWiFS) Satellite. The algorithm will be used as the new standard in ocean color imaging technology and ocean productivity applications, solving a long-standing problem in biological oceanography and fisheries research.