Dr. DuPaul receives award from NEFMC

- Posted on May 16, 2018 - 03:39 PM

Photo: VIMS Emeritus Professor Bill DuPaul, at left, receives the 2018 Janice M. Plante Award for Excellence from Dr. John Quinn, chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council. NEFMC photo

VIMS Emeritus Professor Bill DuPaul, at left, receives the 2018 Janice M. Plante Award for Excellence from Dr. John Quinn, chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council. NEFMC photo

Dr. Bill DuPaul, Professor Emeritus at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, is the recipient of the 2018 Janice M. Plante Award from the New England Fishery Management Council.

DuPaul, a resident of Ware Neck, was a pioneer of cooperative research in the Atlantic sea scallop fishery, according to a release from NEFMC.

“Dr. DuPaul is a man of great integrity,” NEFMC chairman Dr. John Quinn said “He intuitively knew that solutions to hard problems would come only when people on all sides worked together. He proved that cooperative research can break through seemingly insurmountable barriers and help resolve even the most challenging issues.”

The NEFMC is one of eight regional councils established in 1976 to conserve and manage the nation’s fishery resources. Its sister agency, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, serves states from New York to Virginia and North Carolina. Vessels in Virginia’s scallop fleet fish across the domains of both councils, from the mouth of Chesapeake Bay north to New England.

On a sharp downward slide in the 1990s, the sea-scallop industry is now the second most valuable commercial fishery on the East Coast, with more than $400 million in landings in 2015, and a total economic impact in Virginia of nearly $50 million per year, according to a release from the College of William and Mary.