AUGUSTA — The New England Fishery Management Council has presented its 2017 Janice M. Plante Award for Excellence to Matt Cieri of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). Cieri received the award in recognition of the breadth of his scientific contributions and commitment to the council process.
Cieri is a marine resource scientist at the Maine DMR. He earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from the University of Maine. He oversees several programs and personnel within the DMR, ranging from the Maine-New Hampshire Trawl Survey to Recreational Fishery Monitoring. He is well versed in a number of assessment models and methods. In additional to his considerable involvement with Atlantic herring, he also has contributed to assessment efforts related to monkfish, dogfish, groundfish, American eels and Atlantic menhaden.
The Plante award is the council’s highest honor, bestowed to an individual who has produced exceptional work “to further the effectiveness of the fishery management process in New England.”