Texas Sea Grant (TXSG) welcomes Matthew Kammann as the organization’s new Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Project Manager. He joins the extensive Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture team to provide support and expertise to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Better Bycatch Reduction Devices for the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Trawl Fishery project funded by the Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group.
Kammann’s position is part of a large cooperative project between TXSG, Louisiana Sea Grant, and NOAA to work with the shrimp industry on developing new bycatch reduction devices to help restore finfish populations in the Gulf of Mexico.
“I am very excited to be working with Sea Grant,” said Kammann. “I love working in the community, I love helping people and the environment, and it’s great to lend my help and expertise to this project.”
Kammann holds a master’s degree in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of the Virgin Islands and comes to TXSG with a wealth of fisheries experience. Before coming aboard with TXSG, he worked as a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources for over four years, working closely on fisheries management and research projects in the Caribbean.
“I think being somewhere like Sea Grant that intersects science, academia, and industry is the perfect fit for me,” said Kammann.