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The Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island announces new
Executive Director, Amy MacKown

Hailing from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay region, Amy came to Rhode Island after traveling the National Wildlife Refuges of the Mid-Atlantic and New England conducting salt marsh ecology research with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She then served as a Fisheries Specialist with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management where she worked closely with the commercial fishing industry. 
  Throughout her career Amy has been a supporter of sustainable fisheries—a mentality solidified while participating in a fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she worked on oil spill restoration initiatives geared at protecting the health of Atlantic fisheries.

Amy holds a masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate in Ecological Economics. In 2015 she was presented the Promoting Our Natural Resources Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior in recognition of her work in the National Wildlife Refuges of New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

The Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island is home to nonprofit commercial fishing organizations, and serves as a headquarters for bringing fishermen, scientists, managers, and elected officials together to discuss issues. The Center was founded in 2004 to improve fisheries and understanding of the marine environment through education, collaborative research, and cooperation.


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University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881

P.O. Box 5161,
Wakefield, RI 02880