A technical and administrative staff based in Newburyport, MA supports the Council’s activities. Led by its Executive Director, the staff is responsible for all aspects of Council operations, including preparing fishery management plans and other documents that reflect the Council’s positions and policies, ensuring program continuity, and the maintenance of records and archives.


New England Fishery Management Council staff. Front row, left to right: Andrew Applegate, Lou Goodreau, Executive Director Tom Nies, Dr. Rachel Feeney, Janice Plante, Woneta Cloutier, Dr. Jamie Cournane, Dr. Naresh Pradhan, Jonathon Peros, and Sam Asci. Back row, left to right: Margaret Bernier, Robin Frede, Deputy Director Chris Kellogg, Dr. Fiona Hogan, Sherie Goutier, Joan O’Leary, Michelle Bachman, and Deirdre Boelke. (Missing: Jennifer Couture, who joined the staff in April 2019, Angela Forristall, who joined in January 2022, David McCarron, who joined in June 2022, and Connor Buckley and Emily Bodell who both joined in January 2023.)

Thomas A. Nies

Executive Director
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 113)

Christopher Kellogg

Deputy Director; Technical Staff Coordinator
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 112)

Joan O'Leary

Executive Assistant and Office Manager
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 101)

Woneta Cloutier

Administrative and Financial Assistant
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 100)

Sherie Goutier

Administrative Assistant and Website Administrator
(978) 465-0492 (Ext. 102)

Andrew Applegate

Senior Fishery Analyst for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (lead) and Small-Mesh Multispecies (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 114)

Sam Asci

Fishery Analyst for Atlantic Sea Scallops
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 116)

Michelle Bachman

Fishery Analyst for Habitat, Offshore Wind, and Aquaculture
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 120)

Emily Bodell

Fishery Specialist for Atlantic Herring, Small-Mesh Multispecies (Whiting), and Protected Resources
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 105)

Connor Buckley

Fishery Specialist for Skates, Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology, and Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 115)

Dr. Jamie Cournane

Fishery Analyst for Groundfish (lead) and Atlantic Herring (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 103)

Jennifer Couture

Fishery Specialist for Habitat, Offshore Wind, and Monkfish
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 111)

Dr. Rachel Feeney

Social Impact Analyst; Fishery Analyst for Skates (lead) and Monkfish (lead), and SSC
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 110)

Robin Frede

Fishery Analyst for Groundfish and Protected Resources (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 124)

David McCarron

Information Technology and Fishery Analyst for Enforcement and Spiny Dogfish
(978) 465-0492 (Ext. 121)

Jonathon Peros

Fishery Analyst for Atlantic Sea Scallops (lead) and Risk Policy
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 117)

Dr. Naresh Pradhan

Fishery Analyst, Economist
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 106)