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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 the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Maryland Sea Grant, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Potomac River Fisheries Commission, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and District of Columbia Division of Fish and Wildlife.

These members form an Executive Committee that meet once a month. Membership is currently being expanded to achieve broader representation for the full Sustainable Fisheries GIT that will meet twice a year.

  • Peyton Robertson (Chair), NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Thomas O'Connell (Vice-Chair), Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Bruce Vogt (Coordinator), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Emilie Franke (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Bill Ball, John Hopkins University
  • Bob Beal, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sean Heaney, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Jorge Holzer, Maryland Sea Grant
  • Tom Ihde, Versar, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Bryan King, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Jackie Lendrum, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ron Lukens, Omega Protein Corporation, Inc.
  • 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 2015 Sustainable Fisheries FULL GIT Meeting


    PLEASE RSVP to Emilie Franke at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center
    3663 Marlin Bay Drive
    Virginia Beach, Va. 23455

    Date / Time:

    June 1, 2015
    9:00am - 5:00pm


    Semiannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.

    Related Files:

Past Meetings & Events

  • 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

  • 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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