Resource Evaluation & Assessment Division (READ)
Michael Simpkins, Ph.D., Division Chief
The mission of the Resource Evaluation & Assessment Division is to develop and provide scientific information and advice on the conservation, utilization, sustainability, and management of fisheries and protected resources off the northeastern USA from Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine. The Division comprises the Division Directorate and three Branches: Population Dynamics, Protected Species, and Social Sciences. Division research programs are very diverse and complex, supporting a large local, national, and international constituency. Division Management is responsible for overall direction and administration of these programs.
The Division provides vital information and advice on:
(1) current status and future trends in abundance and productivity of living marine resources off the northeastern coast of the United States;
(2) economic and sociocultural impacts of human interactions on fisheries, protected species, and marine habitats; and
(3) population/ecological dynamics of marine mammal and sea turtle populations [and other protected species] in the Northwest Atlantic, and the anthropogenic impacts on these populations. Immediate and longer term needs are addressed through a suite of research programs and projects often of considerable complexity carried out in cooperation with other federal and state agencies and academic institutions.
The Division Chief provides direction and guidance and contributes to the mission of NMFS at the national and international level. The Division is also the focal point for a large number of requests for information and analyses from a large constituency. The Chief and supporting staff ensure proper routing and timely and satisfactory completion of these requests.
The Division also provides information essential to the sound utilization and management of marine fishery resources in the Northeast worth many millions of dollars to the US economy, and also required for the conservation and restoration of protected and endangered species. Proper management and direction are critical to the success of these efforts.
Information is provided for analyses and data required under several legislative mandates (e.g., Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; Marine Mammal Protection Act; Endangered Species Act). The Division Chief and his staff insure the production of Division outputs including data files, analyses, reports and peer review publications on the economics, biology, ecology, distribution and current and projected status of fishery resources and protected species as required to meet these mandates. Division Management staff insure proper resource allocation and use through preparation of operating and spending plans, planning reports, and other supporting documentation, and perform a wide variety of administrative, supervisory and management tasks to assure that the Division's fiscal, personnel and programmatic resources are managed effectively.