I have over 25 years of experience in management of marine fisheries and natural resources at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Since early 2011 I have operated George Lapointe Consulting, offering strategic management consulting on marine fisheries and ocean policy. I served as Maine Commissioner of Marine Resources from 1998 - 2011, working to sustain Maine's traditional fisheries while integrating new marine uses in the Gulf of Maine. I emphasized cooperative approaches to the complex management challenges of today's world. I led the Interstate Fisheries Management Program of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission from 1995 to 1998, during a time of great growth and public involvement in the Commission's programs. From 1989 - 1994 I served as Legislative Counsel at the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, lobbying Congress and working with federal agencies for sound, cooperative conservation policies. During this time I also led a project analyzing public attitudes about fish and wildlife agencies and developing management strategies that recognized those attitudes. My early experience with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (1987 - 1989) was as the liaison between the Commission and the three Atlantic Coast Regional Fishery Management Councils. I began my career with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (1985 - 1987) writing fishery management plans for shellfish and finfish. In 2012 I received the Capt. David Hart Award from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, their highest honor for service to Atlantic coast fisheries management.
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