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Dr. Steve Turner was born on May 23, 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island. He began working in 1974 at what was then the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Science Center at the Sandy Hook lab which was merged into the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in 1986. He moved to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center from 1984, and is currently the Fisheries Statistics Division Chief at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami.
Interview contains discussion of: FCMA, Magnuson Stevens Act, challenges in international fishery management, impact of the Magnuson Stevens Act on international fishery management, conducting recreational fishery surveys, Marine Recreational Information Program, public reaction to recreational fishing surveys, benefits and challenges of being a government scientist, data systems.
In this interview, Dr. Steve Turner discusses the challenges associated with international management as well as his experiences working at various NOAA labs along the East Coast, specifically the Sandy Hook and Miami Labs.
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