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PIFSC Sea Turtle Longline Research EA June 1, 2009

University of Hawaii at Manoa, and received a Ph.D in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 for his dissertation research on tuna bioenergetics at the Kewalo Research Facility, Honolulu.

Dr. Yonat Swimmer, Ph.D. Research Fisheries Biologist Fish Biology and Stock Assessment Division Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center National Marine Fisheries Service 2570 Dole Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 310-770-1270

Dr. Yonat Swimmer has been researching marine turtles and for over 20 years, and she has been involved in fisheries bycatch reduction research since 2001. Her primary focus has been on reduction of sea turtle bycatch in longline fisheries, but she has also conducted research in gill net fisheries and more recently in research on sharks. Yonat continues to do research in the areas of physiological, chemically, sensory and behavioral ecology with the aim of identifying means to improve the selectivity of marine fisheries. Yonat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Michigan.

Judith Lee President and Senior Environmental Analyst Environmental Planning Strategies, Inc. 17405 246th Avenue Pleasant Valley, IA 52767 563-332-6970

Ms. Lee has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing environmental planning strategies for and managing complex and often-politically-charged environmental impact statements and environmental assessment leveraging the expertise of highly-skilled agency professional staff. Ms. Lee specializes in facilitating cross-functional and inter-organizational interdisciplinary teams through the NEPA planning process, resulting in well-supported decisions and long-term positive inter- and intra-agency relationships. She prepares the document concurrently with the progress of the analysis, using a self-correcting review process and an easy-to-read and understand format. Her education and experience in the natural resource management field and with National Marine Fisheries Service projects and programs through the preparation and review of many documents and presentation of highly-tailored workshops provides a strong foundation for the agency’s planning efforts. She has prepared several NEPA documents for PIFSC research programs and conducted workshops for the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office and Northwest Regional Office. Ms. Lee received her B.S in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, Orono, and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, Logan.


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