NEFSC Protected Species Branch Staff

Marjorie Lyssikatos

Marjorie Lyssikatos

Current Activities

Marjorie is a Research Fishery Biologist in the Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole. She has been a member of the Bycatch Team since 1998 estimating bycatch of small cetaceans and pinnipeds, applying various analytical methods in commercial gillnet and bottom trawl fisheries that range from Maine to North Carolina, USA. Marjorie works closely with the NEFSC Fisheries Sampling Branch for monitoring and sampling bycatch of marine mammals and works on bycatch issues in local, regional, national and international forums. She recently completed two years of academic training in NOAA's Advance Studies Program and is continuing her PhD program at the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She now spends half her time studying foraging ecology of harbor and gray seals in the Northeast Region. Her PhD research aims to address the role of pinnipeds in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank/Southern New England ecosystems in support of the Center's research on integrative multi-species and ecosystem stock assessments.

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Background

Marjorie received an A.S. from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1991 followed by a B.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1992. She began her career at the NEFSC in 1991 as a summer hire for the Bluefin Tuna Program and quickly transitioned to the Population Dynamics Branch where she worked until 1996 assisting senior scientists in developing fisheries stock assessments for coastal and demersal species, developing an appreciation for inferential statistics, large biological data-sets and spending a lot of time at sea counting critters on the NEFSC various marine resource surveys. She left the NEFSC in 1996 to pursue a M.S in Marine Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marine Science and Technology (now known as SMAST). Upon graduation in 1998 she was hired as a contractor with the Protected Species Branch at the NEFSC to work on estimating bycatch of Harbor Porpoise in gillnet fisheries. In 2001 Marjorie was hired by NOAA as full time Research Fishery Biologist. Since that time Marjorie received the NOAA Administrators Award in 2003 and Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2007 for her work on Take Reduction Teams reducing bycatch of marine mammals. In 2012 she completed an Executive Leadership Program and has served as Chair to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (2015-2017). In her spare time she enjoys being home with her family, traveling, spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors and away from all media devices.

Selected Publications

Lyssikatos MC, and LP Garrison. In Review. Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Gillnet Bycatch Estimates along the US mid-Atlantic Coast, 2007-2015.

Chavez-Rosales S, Lyssikatos MC, Hatch J. In Press. Estimates of cetacean and pinniped bycatch in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic bottom trawl fisheries, 2011-2015. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. XX-XX; XX p. Available at: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/publications/

ICES. 2017. Report of the Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC), 12-15 June 2017, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. ICES CM 2017/ACOM: 24. 82 pp.

ICES. 2016. Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC), 1-5 February 2016, ICES HQ, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2016/ACOM: 27. 82 pp.

Lyssikatos MC. 2015. Estimates of cetacean and pinniped bycatch in Northeast and mid-Atlantic bottom trawl fisheries, 2008-2013. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 15-19; 20 p.

ICES. 2015. Report of the Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC), 2-6 February 2015, ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2015\ACOM:26. 82 pp.

Wenzel F, Waring GT, Josephson E, Lyssikatos MC, Byrd BL, Horstman SC, Powell JR. 2015. Serious Injury Determinations for Small Cetaceans and Pinnipeds Caught in Commercial Fisheries off the Northeast U.S. Coast, 2013. NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE-236; 36 p.

Waring GT, Josephson E, Lyssikatos MC, Wenzel FW. 2015. Serious injury determinations for small cetaceans and pinnipeds caught in commercial fisheries off the northeast U.S. coast, 2012. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 15-12; 19 p.

Waring GT, Wenzel F, Josephson E, Lyssikatos MC. 2014. Serious Injury Determinations for Small Cetaceans and Pinnipeds Caught in Commercial Fisheries off the Northeast U.S. Coast, 2007-2011. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 14-13; 26 p.

ICES. 2014. Report of the Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC), 4-7 February 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2014/ACOM:28. 96 pp.

Bjorge A, Skern-Mauritzen M, Rossman MC. 2013. Estimated bycatch of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena )in two coastal gillnet fisheries in Norway, 2006-2008. Mitigation and implications for conservation. Biol. Cons. 161: 164-173.

ICES. 2011. Report of the Joint NAMMCO/ICES Workshop on observation schemes for bycatch of mammals and birds (WKOSBOMB), 28 June-1 July 2010, ICES, Den-mark. ICES CM 2010/ACOM: 33. 40 pp.

ICES. 2010. Report of the Study Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (SGBYC), 1-4 February 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2010/ACOM:25. 123 pp.

Rossman, M. C. 2010. Estimated bycatch of small cetaceans in northeast US bottom trawl fishing gear during 2000-2005. J. Northw. Atl. Fish. Sci., 42: 77-101. doi:10.2960/J.v42.m650

ICES. 2009. Report of the Study Group for Bycatch of Protected Species (SGBYC), 19-22 January 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2009/ACOM:22. 117 pp.

Palka DL, MC Rossman, A VanAtten, CD Orphanides. 2008. Effect of pingers on harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) bycatch in the US Northeast gillnet fishery. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 10(3):217-226.

ICES. 2008. Report of the Study Group for Bycatch of Protected Species (SGBYC), 29-31 January 2008, ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES CM 2008/ACOM:48. 88 pp.

Rossman MC. 2007. Allocating Observer Sea Days to Bottom Trawl and Gillnet Fisheries in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions to Monitor and Estimate Incidental Bycatch of Marine Mammals. U.S. Dep. Commer., Northeast Fish. Sci. Cent. Ref. Doc. 07-19; 17 p.

Waring GT, Quintal JM, Fairfield CP, Clapham PJ, Cole TVN, Garrison LP, GDNR, Hohn AA, Maise BG, McFee WE, Palka DL, Rosel PE, Rossman MC, USFWS, Yeung C. 2002. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment -- 2002. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-169. 318p.

Palka, D. and M. Rossman. 2001. Bycatch estimates of coastal bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in U.S. Mid-Atlantic gillnet fisheries for 1996-2000. NEFSC Ref. Doc. 01-15.

Waring GT, Quintal JM, Swartz SL, Clapham PJ, Cole TVN, Fairfield CP, Hohn AA, Palka DL, Rossman MC, USFWS, Yeung C. 2001. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessment -- 2001. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-168. 310p.

Waring GT, Quintal JM, Swartz SL, Barros NB, Clapham PJ, Cole TVN, Fairfield CP, Hansen LJ, Mullin KD, Odell DK, Palka DL, Rossman MC, USFWS, Wells RS, Yeung C. 2000. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 2000. NOAA Tech. Memo. NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC. NMFS-NE-162. 303p.

Waring GT, Palka DL, Clapham PJ, Quintal JM, Swartz S, Rossman MC, Cole TVN, Hansen LJ, Bisack KD, Mullin KD, Wells RS, Odell DK, Barros NB. 1999. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 1999. NOAA Tech. Memo. NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC. NMFS-NE-153. 182p.

Rossman M and Merrick R. 1999. Harbor Porpoise Bycatch in the Northeast Multispecies Sink Gillnet Fishery and the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Gillnet Fishery in 1998 and during January-May 1999. Woods Hole, MA: NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC. NEFSC. Ref. Doc. 99-17.

Waring GT, Palka DL, Clapham PJ, Swartz S, Rossman M, Cole T, Bisack KD, Hansen LJ. 1998. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments - 1998. NOAA Tech. Memo. NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC. NMFS-NE-116. 196p.

Allen, L.K., Rossman, M.C., Bisack, K.D. and Palka, D.L. 1999. Implementation of bycatch reduction schemes for incidental catch of harbor porpoises in the US Gulf of Maine multispecies sink gillnet fishery. SC/51/SM18 presented to the IWC Scientific Committee, May 1999, Grenada, WI. 26pp.

Lambert M.C.1998. A Regime Shift in the Northwest Atlantic? EOS, (Supplement) v79., n1. Pl OS48.

Rossman, M. 1998. A Regime Shift in the Northwest Atlantic? An Analysis of Copepod Species Abundance, Estimation, and Variability in Relation to the North Atlantic Oscillation. Masters Thesis. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. May 1998.

Rothschild B.J., A. Sharov, M. Lambert. 1998. Single-Species and Multispecies Management In:Northwest Atlantic Groundfish:Management Alternatives for Sustainable Fisheries. AFS, 141-152.

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