Recognition Given to Local Researcher


PROVINCETOWN – The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown is announcing that one of their researchers has been selected to receive a Fisheries Leadership award.

The recognition, the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award, will be given to Owen Nichols, the Director of the Center’s Marine Fisheries Research Program.

The award honors an early career scientist who is doing research that is relevant to Fisheries in New England is given by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, it was established in 2013.


It is named for the Gulf of Maine’s first chief scientific officer.

The current Chief Scientific Officer at the Maine Institute, Andrew Pershing, says that Nichols’s research on the ecology of squid, an important emerging species, and his commitment to doing collaborative research within the fishing industry are a great example of the kind of work the award was meant to recognize.

Nichols says he is honored to receive the award.

He went on to say that the work they do at the Provincetown Center and at GMRI would be impossible without the support of fishermen who strive to unite the scientific and fishing communities to do science that matters.

Nichols was presented with the award at a scientific conference in Portsmouth, N.H., last week.

By ROB WOODARD, News Center