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September 21, 2005


New Hampshire Marine Biologist Doug Grout Honored by ASMFC

DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Marine Biologist Douglas Grout, a resident of Lee, is among those honored by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) as longstanding contributors to the success of fisheries management. The ASMFC has presented Grout with the Commission's Annual Award for Excellence in the Scientific, Technical and Advisory category. His achievement was recognized at today's meeting of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.

"This is an important regional award that recognizes Doug's contributions to the success of fisheries management along the Atlantic coast," said John Nelson, Chief of Fish and Game's Marine Division. "These annual awards identify outstanding efforts by professionals who have made a real difference in the way we manage and conserve our fisheries."

For over 20 years, Grout has been actively involved in marine fisheries issues at both state and regional levels. His expertise spans the range of fisheries issues, from research and science to policy and management. He has led New Hampshire Fish and Game's marine/anadromous and fisheries statistics units and coordinated the state's marine and estuarine fisheries projects for more than a decade.

Grout has served as state liaison to the New England Fishery Management Council and to the Commission as a board and committee member. He was cited as an excellent leader who is extremely knowledgeable about a wide variety of science and management issues and who consistently volunteers to serve or take the lead on ASMFC subcommittees and workgroups. From 1995 to 1998, Grout provided leadership to the Commission's Management and Science Committee, serving as the Committee's Chair and Vice-Chair. During that time, he oversaw development of the Commission's Stock Assessment and Peer Review Process, leading the way for Commission External Peer Reviews of benchmark stock assessments for Atlantic sturgeon, American shad and horseshoe crab. Grout was commended for his ability to consider the needs of all of the involved states and the Commission, thereby reinforcing the critical principle of interstate cooperation.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission serves as a deliberative body of the 15 Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species. Its vision is healthy, self-sustaining populations of all Atlantic coast fish species or successful restoration well in progress by the year 2015. Visit www.asmfc.org.

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