John Nelson, Marine Division: (603) 868-1095
October 26, 2004

David Goethel of Hampton Wins National Fisherman's "Highliners" Award

DURHAM, N.H. -- Commercial fisherman David Goethel of Hampton, N.H. was recently awarded one of three national "Highliners" awards for his active involvement in cooperative efforts to research and manage marine fisheries resources. The award was given by National Fisherman magazine, a publication about the life and business of professional fishing.

For 20 years, Goethel has defended the interests of New England's commercial fishermen like himself, and has supported research efforts that bring them together with scientists to help assess and manage marine fisheries. Goethel has worked with Fish and Game for many years as an advisor on various marine resource committees, and collaborated with the Northeast Consortium to help monitor groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine.

Goethel currently serves as member of the New Hampshire Marine Fisheries Advisory Board, and was recently appointed to the New England Fishery Management Council. John Nelson, Marine Division Chief for Fish and Game, said, "We think David will be a great asset to the Council, representing commercial and recreational fishing interests. We're looking forward to continuing to work with him."

After graduating from Boston University in 1975 with a degree in biology, Goethel worked for the New England Aquarium as research biologist. He was in the party boat business in the late 1970s, during which time he also started gillnetting. He bought his 44-foot dragger -- the Ellen Diane, named after his wife -- in 1983. Goethel spends about 150 days on the water annually fishing for groundfish, shrimp and whiting; and conducting research.

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