St. Augustine, Fla. – Douglas Grout of New Hampshire was elected as the new chairman of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) at the group’s Nov. 4 meeting. ASMFC is the regulatory body for federal fisheries including lobster, elvers and groundfish.
“I am honored to be elected by my colleagues from the 15 Atlantic coast states,” Grout said. “I look forward to working closely with the commission’s management partners and will ensure the voices of our many stakeholders are heard,”
Under the leadership of past Chairman Louis Daniel, he said, “the commission transitioned smoothly through a period of major staff turnover, avoided an Endangered Species Act listing of American eel and completed numerous benchmark stock assessments. In a tough fiscal environment, he also fought to provide the states with the resources they needed to get the job done.”
Grout currently serves as the chief of the Marine Fisheries Division of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department where he has worked for over 30 years. As part of ASMFC, he has chaired the Northern Shrimp Section, the American Lobster Board, and most recently, the Atlantic Striped Bass Board. Grout received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from the University of New Hampshire and is an American Fisheries Society Certified Fisheries Scientist.
The commission also elected James Gilmore of New York as its vice-chairman.