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How Does SCeMFiS work?

The SCeMFiS science program is Industry Partner driven, operates under Industry Partner oversight, provides science products directly to Industry Partners, and distributes products to support Industry Partners’ needs. SCeMFiS is supported by the National Science Foundation and Industry Membership fees.Tilefish - GSSA Photo

The NSF considers an "Industry" Partner to be any:

  • Private company

  • Publicly-traded company

  • Trade organization

  • Non-profit group

  • Government (federal, state, or local) agency

Industry Direction and Oversight

  • SCeMFiS Industry Partners form the Industry Advisory Board (IAB)

  • The IAB operates as the Board of Directors for SCeMFiS

  • Each participating partner has voting representation on the Board in proportion to that partner's financial commitment

  • The IAB plans and approves the science agenda and evaluates the performance of participating researchers

Partners Filing Letters of Intent

Below is a table of current Industry Agency Board (IAB) members. SCeMFiS continues to accept letters of intent from other interested parties. Please feel free to contact our members for more information on SCeMFiS.

SCeMFiS IAB Membership Partners
Membership at $50K (2 votes)
Member Representative
Meeting Proxy (Present/Past)
Lund's Fisheries Incorporated
Jeff Reichle
Jeff Kaelin
National Fisheries Institute - Scientific Monitoring Committee
Greg DiDomenico
National Marine Fisheries Service - Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Mike Simpkins
SeaWatch International
Guy Simmons
Membership at $25K (1 vote)
Member Representative
Meeting Proxy (Present/Past)
Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc.
Jeff Bolton
Bumblebee Foods/ Snow's
Mike Kraft
Garden State Seafood Association
Greg DiDomenico
LaMonica Fine Foods
Danny LaVecchia
Omega Protein
Ben Landry
Peter Himchak
National Fisheries Institute -
Clam Committee
Tom Alspach
Seafreeze, Ltd./The Town Dock
Meghan Lapp/ Katie Almeida
Surfside Seafood Products
Sal LaMonica

SCeMFiS Newest Partners

SeafreezeTown Dock Welcome Seafreeze, Ltd. and The Town Dock

Rhode Island based companies Seafreeze, Ltd. "Largest Producers & Traders of Frozen-At-Sea Seafood on U.S. East Coast" and The Town Dock, "America's Leading Calamari Supplier" have joined forces to obtain a combined vote and become one of the newest members of SCeMFiS.
"SCeMFiS continues to grow and its research portfolio continues to expand. This year SCeMFiS has taken on important new challenges in survey design, ocean quahog life history, forage fish, and uncertainty in stock assessments. We look forward to working with these new companies in a continuing expansion of our research portfolio,
" - Dr. Eric Powell, SCeMFiS Center Director and Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Omega Protein

SCeMFiS Welcomes Omega Protein

SCeMFiS welcomes Omega Protein as one of its newest industry members. Several SCeMFiS research projects are especially relevant to the work of Omega Protein. One project in particular is a winter survey of menhaden in the Mid-Atlantic, which aims to "address data deficiencies and better inform the menhaden assessment," according to SCeMFiS Chair, Jeff Kaelin.

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