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Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)

Scope and Purpose

The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT) is composed of the state fisheries managers from around the Bay and chaired by the director of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. The Sustainable Fisheries GIT draws together a diverse group of managers and scientists to improve management and recovery of oysters, blue crab, menhaden, striped bass and alosines. It focuses on advancing ecosystem-based fisheries management by using science to make informed fishery management decisions that cross state boundaries.

Through this approach the Sustainable Fisheries GIT is focused on ecosystem-based fisheries management that encourages sustainable Chesapeake Bay fish populations, which support viable recreational and commercial fisheries, and provides for natural ecosystem function. Institutions represented on the Sustainable Fisheries GIT include state management agencies, federal agencies, non-profits and academic institutions. 

These members form an Executive Committee that meet once a month. The full GIT membership meets in-person twice per year, typically June and December.

  • Peyton Robertson (Chair), NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Rob O'Reilly (Vice-Chair), Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • Bruce Vogt (Coordinator), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Kara Skipper (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Bill Ball, John Hopkins University
  • Bob Beal, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Dave Blazer, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Robert T. Brown, Maryland Watermen’s Association
  • Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy
  • Nancy Butowski, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Patrick Campfield, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Jessica Coakley, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  • Susan Conner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Norfolk District
  • Lynn Fegley, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Matt Fleming, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Wayne France, Twin Rivers Waterman’s Association
  • Jack Frye, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Greg Garman, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Martin Gary, Potomac River Fisheries Commission
  • Bill Goldsborough, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Jim Gracie, Maryland DNR Sportfish Advisory Commission
  • Bob Greenlee, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Peter Himchak, Omega Protein Corporation, Inc.
  • Jorge Holzer, Maryland Sea Grant
  • Tom Ihde, ERT, Inc., NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Bryan King, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Jeffrey Laitila, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Jackie Lendrum, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Laura McKay, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Matt Mullin, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Thomas Murray, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Advisory Services
  • Rob O'Reilly, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • David Paylor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Charles Poukish, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Tom Powers, Virginia Blue Crab Management Advisory Committee
  • Jim Price, Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation
  • Billy Rice, Maryland Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission
  • Mike Slattery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Ken Smith, Virginia Watermen
  • Geoffrey Smith, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Edna Stetzar, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Lee Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Association
  • Trent Zivkovich, Coastal Conservation Association

Upcoming Events

    June 2016 Full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Meeting


    Day One: Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Center in Richmond, VA
    Day Two: Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center in Charles City, VA

    The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (Fisheries GIT) continues to provide a forum for connecting science and policy across jurisdictions and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.  The diverse team meets biannually in June and December. 

    This June 2016 meeting is focused primarily on the recently published 2016-2017 Sustainable Fisheries Workplans supporting the 2014 Watershed Agreement. Agenda topics focused on the blue crab, forage and fish habitat outcomes will highlight science supporting these workplans to inform next steps moving forward. This meeting also includes an overview of the 2016 Blue Crab Advisory Report and discussion on current activity around Atlantic sturgeon and invasive catfish in the Bay.

    Date / Time:

    June 2, 2016
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm


    Semiannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.

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Past Meetings & Events

  • October 22, 2015 - Cownose Ray Scientific Workshop
  • June 17, 2013 to June 18, 2013 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting June 2013
  • December 6, 2012 to December 8, 2012 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting
  • June 11, 2012 to June 12, 2012 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting
  • December 19, 2011 to December 20, 2011 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting
  • June 7, 2011 to June 8, 2011 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting
  • December 1, 2010 to December 2, 2010 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting
  • June 29, 2010 to June 30, 2010 - Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting

  • Sustainable Fisheries GIT Charter (June 2015)

    Invasive Catfish Policy Adoption Statement

    The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Executive Committee has concluded that the potential risk posed by blue catfish and flathead catfish on native species warrants action to examine potential measures to reduce densities and limit range expansion, and to evaluate possible negative ecological impacts.

    Oyster Restoration Success Metrics

    Executive Order 13508 Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed established a goal of restoring oyster populations in 20 tributaries of Chesapeake Bay by 2025, further adding to the need to develop clear restoration goals, quantitative metrics and assessment protocols. This document represents an effort by state and federal agencies directly involved in oyster restoration in the Bay to develop clear and consistent objectives, definitions, sampling protocols and assessment techniques pursuant to achieving this goal and evaluating success.

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