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About The Authors
Madeleine Hall-Arber, PhD, is a Marine Anthropologist at MIT Sea Grant, working with New England fishermen for over 25 years. Her published work on New England fishing communities served as the basis for describing the human environment for several regional fishery management plans and she continues to advise fisheries managers on the likely impacts of their decisions in hope that mitigation of negative impacts will be included in the management process. She also works with fishing industry representatives on fishing vessel safety, working waterfronts, oral history, and spatial documentation of fishing and marine habitat.
Kristina Pinto, EdD, is the Director of Evaluation, Research, and Policy at Fishing Partnership Support Services. She is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of fishing health and safety programs to make sure they meet the needs and interests of the fishing community. As a specialist in health and human development, Kristina has conducted research on lobstermen’s use of personal flotation devices, the relationship between fisheries management and fishermen’s perceptions of occupational risk, and the impact of community health workers on fishermen’s access to health care.
Ann Backus, MS, an instructor in occupational Safety at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, began working with the fishing community 17 years ago when she initiated a study of the hazards of lobstering in Maine. Since then her fishing-related research has included indoor air pollution in lobstermen’s workshops, the characterization of the reduction in diesel emissions as a result of the installation of new EPA Tier II diesel engines on lobster boats, and the northeast winch safety study which has resulted in the design of an Active Pressure-Sensitive Winch Guard for trawlers. Ann has been writing under the byline FISH SAFE for the monthly Commercial Fisheries News since 2000, writes under the byline Voice of Safety for Fishermen’s Voice as well as invited columns for Landings published by the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance.