AUGUSTA — Kathleen Reardon, who has coordinated the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ lobster monitoring programs for the past 10 years, has been promoted to the position of lead lobster biologist. She succeeds Carl Wilson, who held the job until he was promoted to director of the DMR Science Bureau in February.
As lead lobster biologist, Reardon will be responsible for directing and coordinating a comprehensive lobster fishery monitoring program, including the lobster sea sampling program and the ventless trap survey. She is charged with overseeing management, coordination and supervision of the scallop, urchin, shrimp and large whale research and monitoring programs, and she will manage the department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and oil spill response coordinators.
Reardon will represent the department at state, interstate and federal lobster technical committee meetings and will advise DMR leadership on lobster science issues. She will work with other state, academic and non-government organizations on lobster science and management issues as well.
Prior to this promotion, Reardon coordinated the DMR’s lobster sea sampling program and the ventless trap survey and managed the department’s GIS database. She also coordinated sampling and survey staff and volunteers, and contractors, and was responsible for data analysis and reporting for the two programs. She has represented Maine on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan Development Team.