Northeast Cooperative Research Staff

Andy Lipsky Acting Branch Chief - Northeast Cooperative Research Program
Narragansett RI and Woods Hole MA
With over 25 years of fisheries experience, Andy has worked at the NGO, State, Tribal, and Federal levels. Prior to his return to Federal service at NOAA in 2016, in the private sector he served as a Senior Partner at SeaPlan, a marine resource planning organization. In this role he led planning, business development, and management to advance coastal and marine business planning efforts in the region, including helping to advance cooperation and collaborative science between recreational and commercial fisheries and the first offshore wind energy in the region. As a co-PI, he led the science and commercial fishing industry team to design and implement the first collaborative fisheries studies to monitor effects of offshore wind energy on demersal finfish and lobster fisheries through multi-year studies. With decades of experience working closely with commercial and recreational fishermen, he has also led innovative programs to advance regional electronic reporting/mapping with charter/party boat fishing industries in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Andy worked for nearly a decade for the US Department of Agriculture to design and implement over a hundred fisheries conservation/restoration projects; and worked with agricultural producers and private landowners to enhance production in concert with conservation.
John Hoey Deputy Chief, Cooperative Research Branch
401 782-3323
John coordinates, oversees, plans, and executes cooperative research programs managed and/or supported by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and its partners in this effort. He has also worked as a scientist for other NMFS offices, a federal fishery management council, and for the National Fisheries Institute. He has spent much of his career working with commercial fishermen to build databases from their business records that can then be used to improve fishery stock assessments.
Earl Meredith Cooperative Research Coordinator
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9276
Earl has been with the Northeast Cooperative Research Program (NCRP) since it began in 1999. His role is to facilitate strategic and fiscal planning for the NCRP, serve on the New England Fishery Management Council’s Research Steering Committee, enhance outreach to constituents, and promote cooperative research among recreational angling constituents. Prior to working in the NCRP Earl worked as an analyst in NOAA’s Fishery Statistics Office, and before joining NOAA, was the Vice President of Fishery Information Managements Systems, Inc. Outside of work, Earl volunteers in leadership development programs, mentors young scientists, and serves as Commodore of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport, MA.
Carolyn Woodhead Cooperative Research Specialist
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9197
Carolyn is a cooperative research specialist whose duties include a wide range of tasks such as aiding in the development and oversight of NEFSC cooperative research competitions and contracts, and assisting with program activities for the Northeast Cooperative Research Program. Before joining the Cooperative Research Program, she worked with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in their fisheries and shellfish programs, and with NOAA's Northeast Regional Office in Protected Resources. Carolyn enjoys working with diverse groups on the practical applications of fisheries research, and spends her free time boating and fishing on the North Shore.
Ryan Silva Cooperative Research Liaison
Gloucester, MA
978 281-9326
Ryan Silva serves as the Cooperative Research Liaison for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, working with scientists, fishermen, and managers to support cooperative research efforts. With a background in fisheries science and expertise in the fishery management process, Ryan is well positioned to help bridge the gap between the science and management arenas. In this capacity, Ryan oversees implementation of the region’s research set-aside programs, experimental fishing regulations and policies, and serves as the general point of contact for the Regional Office for cooperative research.
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