Virginia Professor Named
Team Member of Month
Cited for "Unparalleled" Support of Marine
Fisheries has named Dr. John Graves as NOAA’s Team
Member of the Month. Dr. Graves is being honored for
his “unselfish and tireless contributions to NOAA fisheries
management.” He is also a teacher, researcher and department
chair at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College
of William and Mary. For the past seven years, Dr. Graves
has been the elected chair of the Advisory Committee for
the United States segment of the International Commission
for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). During
his tenure, there has been unparalleled progress in supporting
living marine resources. With the goal of building sustainable
fisheries, ICCAT has established historic rebuilding programs
for western Atlantic bluefin tuna and North Atlantic swordfish.
ICCAT members now have cutting-edge compliance rules.
State-of-the art processes for addressing problem fishing
have been established for non-ICCAT members. The first-ever
comprehensive management plan for Atlantic tunas, sharks
and swordfish has been developed.
of this international and national progress in managing
fish stocks can be traced back to the counsel provided
by ICCAT’s Advisory Committee, led by Dr. Graves.