Fisheries Management 101

An introduction to the world of fisheries management

On this episode of the Catch Curve, Robert Jones is joined by Emily Muehlstein, Public Information Officer for the Gulf Fisheries Management Council, and Patrick Banks, the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for an introductory discussion into the world of fisheries management. Unlike the management of terrestrial resources which can be more easily observed, regulating fisheries requires users to put their faith in scientifically based rules. Emily, Patrick, and Robert discuss how the sausage is made, covering everything from the goals and objectives of effective fisheries management to enforcement and compliance.

Robert E. Jones

Robert is the Director of the Gulf of Mexico in the Oceans Program at Environmental Defense Fund. EDF is a global nonprofit organization with over 2 million members. Based in Austin, Robert manages a team of economists, biologists and policy experts focused on healthy fish stocks, maximum sustainable fishing opportunities and thriving coastal communities. In 2018 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appointed Robert to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to provide expert counsel to the Secretary and NOAA fisheries on marine issues. Robert grew up on the coast near Corpus Christi, Texas and is an avid hunter, recreational angler and scuba diver.