David Hamm

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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Marine Biologist and Computer Sciences expert Dave Hamm was born in Minnesota in 1949. His father was in the Air Force and he traveled all throughout his childhood. He started college in Orlando, Florida and then went on to earn his Bachelors of Science at the University of West Florida, specializing in biology with a minor in statistics and mathematics. He went to graduate school at the University of South Florida and studied Computer Sciences. This allowed him work with both fishery management and database management within and for fisheries. He began his career with NOAA's Environmental Data Service then began working for National Marine Fisheries Service first in Miami then in Hawaii. He created fishery data processing systems from the ground up during his time working within the Pacific Islands, a challenging geographic area for fishery management.

Interview contains discussion of: American Samoa, alia Fleet, small vessel fisheries, data collection, fishery management, monitoring systems, fishery development, spearfishing, size frequency, GIS applications, longline fishing, data systems, social science, marine biology.

Dave Hamm’s interview is a detailed timeline of his experience working on fisheries management programs on both the East Coast and the Western Pacific Islands.

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