Amy Sierra (Van Atten) Martins

Chief, Fisheries Sampling Branch

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Amy Martins is the Branch Chief for the Fisheries Sampling Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole Massachusetts, for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She oversees the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP), the At-Sea Monitoring Program, and the Industry-Funded Scallop Observer Program. These programs deploy observers on commercial fishing vessels along the Northeastern US from Maine through North Carolina.

Amy has worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service since 1991, starting out as an observer on scientific, fishing, and opportunistic research vessels. She has a Wildlife & Fisheries Biology Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maine Orono, in Wildlife Management. For several years, Amy worked at the Alaska Regional Office and managed the Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program, conducting surveys and observations of bycatch in the salmon gillnet fisheries in Kodiak and Southeast Alaska. Amy has also worked on marine mammal surveys in Antarctica for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Amy is a member of the National Observer Program Advisory Team and is working with various Regional and National working groups on Electronic Monitoring, Industry Funded and Cost Sharing Observer Omnibus, Catch Share Policy, and the International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference Steering Committee. Amy specializes in fishery dependent data collection and has enjoyed working with many different commercial fishing fleets, such as scallop, herring, groundfish, squid, dogfish, mackerel, lobster, skate, monkfish, and more. Amy also promotes outreach opportunities and professional development of observers, providing educational materials and involving the observer program in industry, science, and other maritime or fishery management events.