2004/02/24 Boreman to Lead Federal Marine Fisheries Science Effort in Northeast




Boreman to Lead

Northeast Federal

Marine Fisheries





Teri Frady, NOAA
508 495-2239



February 24, 2004

NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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Woods Hole, MA – Dr. John Boreman has been named Science and Research Director at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), the scientific arm of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the Northeastern U.S.

Boreman has compiled a distinguished career as a federal fisheries scientist with both NOAA Fisheries and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has served as acting director of the NEFSC since 2002.

As director, Boreman will oversee the Center’s broad, interdisciplinary program of marine scientific inquiry, which concentrates primarily on the marine life and habitat, and oceanographic processes of the Northwestern Atlantic from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The Center comprises laboratories in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. In 2003, the Center’s budget was about $56 million for programs staffed by more than 300 federal and contract employees.

Boreman is from Wantagh, NY. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York’s College of Environment Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University. He completed his master’s and doctoral work in fisheries science at Cornell University.

Boreman’s early research interests focused on freshwater and anadromous fish, particularly how their populations are affected by power plant operations. He was among the first federal scientists charged with investigating ways to assess, monitor, and mitigate the environmental impacts of power plants. He provided extensive expert support to federal regulators investigating the Hudson River Power Case, and later was chief among technical experts assisting with negotiating a multimillion dollar settlement agreement.

Boreman came to NOAA Fisheries in 1980 to work on coastal migratory and anadromous fish, notably striped bass restoration efforts in the Northeastern U.S. He moved into scientific management in the mid-1980s, and returned to teaching and research in 1989, pioneering the Center’s effort to establish formal research and education programs with universities in the region. As director of the Center’s Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and adjunct professor of fisheries at the University of Massachusetts, Boreman expanded the effort throughout the UMass system and into the University of Rhode Island. He became deputy Center Director in 1997.

In recognition of his professional activities, Boreman has received the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal (2003), and in 2001 was honored as an Agency employee of the year. He received the NOAA Administrator’s Award in 1984 for his striped bass work, and the NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator’s Award in 1988 for unusually outstanding performance. In 1999 he received the Dwight A. Webster Award of Merit from the Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and the AFS Meritorious Service Award. He is also an AFS-certified fisheries scientist.

Boreman lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Judy. They have two daughters, Amy and Megan.

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