The Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative
John Annala

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

John received his BSc from the University of Maine in 1968 and his PhD in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. He worked for nearly 30 years on marine fisheries research, stock assessment and fisheries management issues in New Zealand. In New Zealand he was involved in fisheries research and management both in inshore fisheries for fish and shellfish and in deepwater fisheries. From 1995 to 2004 John was the Chief Scientist for the NZ Ministry of Fisheries with responsibility for all the fisheries research and stock assessment processes of the Ministry. He also headed the Ministry’s Fisheries Management and Policy Team for part of that time. John lead or participated in NZ delegations to scientific meetings of a number of international fisheries commissions, to meetings to negotiate international fisheries conventions, and to conferences and technical consultations run by FAO, CITES, and APEC. Since 1997 he has chaired the scientific meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna. John assumed the role of Chief Scientific Officer of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine in September 2004.
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