Estuaries Section Member Profile—Abigail Franklin Archer

Estuaries Section President 2014

abigail archer afs estuaries presidentWhere do you work currently and what do you do in your job?

 I work in Massachusetts for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program. Our mission is to establish, develop, and carry out educational programs in marine resource development, to assist with problems concerning coastal industries and the management of coastal resources, and to transfer technological innovations and informational materials to public officials, educators, and marine user groups. The Marine Program is jointly funded by Barnstable County (Cape Cod), the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, and the state of Massachusetts through the Department of Agricultural Resources. As Marine Resource Specialist my job involves a mix of research and outreach activities. I coordinate a group for herring wardens called the River Herring Network, assist with research on issues in the shellfish aquaculture industry on Cape Cod, conduct oral histories with fisheries participants, write reports and outreach materials on research results, and try my best to keep the website up to date. My specialty and my passion is working on fish passage issues.

Why do you belong to the Estuaries Section?
In 2007 the Estuaries Section awarded me a travel scholarship to present the results of my Master’s thesis work at the annual meeting in San Francisco. I had never met a group of more welcoming and encouraging individuals. I was so thankful for the guidance I received that I decided to become more involved with the Section. I served two years as Secretary (2009-2011), two years as Vice President (2011-2013), and am looking forward to the next two years as President.

What aspect of your career has most directly related to the interests of the Estuaries Section?
My entire career is aligned with the first goal of the Estuaries Section: advancing the conservation, development, and wise use of fishery resources for the optimum use and enjoyment by all. I began my career with Mass Audubon teaching salt marsh ecology to Natural History Day Camp students, my Master’s degree work involved evaluating passage of river herring through nature-like fishways, and now I work directly with town herring wardens, shellfish wardens, fishermen and women, and shellfishermen and women to conserve and develop marine resources on Cape Cod.

Please tell us something unusual about yourself.
 I am an avid contra dancer and always try to find the local dance whenever I travel to new cities for conferences and meetings. My favorite thing to do in the winter is watch bufflehead ducks (Bucephala albeola) feed in the bays and estuaries of the Cape.

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