Marissa McMahan

Director of Fisheries

The Gulf of Maine is one of the world’s most productive marine ecosystems—the heart of New England’s fishing heritage for over 400 years. Today, the Gulf is one of the fastest warming bodies of water on the planet, leading to big changes in the marine environment and a changing mix of species that survive and thrive.

Black Sea Bass – a temperate reef fish once a rarity in these waters – are becoming increasingly abundant. Join Dr. Marissa McMahan, Director of Fisheries, to learn how we are studying sea bass in its newly expanded habitat in order to understand its ecological impacts, as well as support the development of a black sea bass fishery in the Gulf of Maine.