Our Team

SCEMFIS Leadership

Greg DiDomenico

Greg DiDomenico, Chair

Greg DiDomenico is the current SCEMFIS Chair as well as the Executive Director of the Garden State Seafood Association (GSSA), which helps to implement plans under the authority of the Atlantic fisheries Councils and Commissions. He is responsible for written comments and public testimony on behalf of the GSSA. Greg also represents GSSA to the New Jersey State Delegation as well U.S. Federal Delegations.


Dr. Eric Powell, Director

Dr. Eric Powell presently serves as the Director of SCEMFIS and oversees the primary site at the University of Southern Mississippi. Eric has been an oceanographer/marine biologist for the past 34 years at Texas A&M University, Rutgers University, and USM. Over that time, Powell has published articles in the fields of meiobenthology, paleoecology and taphonomy, shellfish ecology, marine diseases, population dynamics modeling, and fisheries resource management.

Sam Martin, Vice Chair

Sam Martin, the current SCEMFIS Vice Chair, is also the Vice President of Operations of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc., in Cape May, New Jersey. Atlantic Capes runs a fleet of approximately 20 boats and is largely known as a leading harvester and marketer of scallops. They are responsible for about 25 percent of the East Coast scallops but also sell flounder, scup, clams and squid. Sam is a 4th generation fisherman originally from Ocean City, Maryland where his family started the Martin Fish Company.

Dr. Roger Mann, Site Director

Dr. Roger Mann is a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the VIMS Site Director for SCEMFIS. After post doctoral and staff appointments at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution he joined the VIMS faculty in 1985. He served as the VIMS Director of Research and Advisory Services from 2003 through 2012. His research interests include fisheries biology, marine ecology and physiology, invasive species biology and climate change. Roger has published over 135 journal contributions and edited several books.