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Steve Gittings, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Gittings is chief scientist for NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System. He works with scientists to better understand and protect sanctuary ecosystems. His experience includes sanctuary management, shallow and deep reef ecology, investigating ship accidents and groundings, and oil spill response. He has extensive field experience in scientific diving, ROV operations, and submersible use.  Steve has worked on the Flower Gardens Banks since 1980, conducting research and serving as sanctuary manager until 1997, when he became ONMS chief scientist.  Recently, he has been developing a trap designed to catch invasive lionfish in deep water. The trap minimizes by-catch, eliminates ghost-fishing, and could create new opportunities for fishermen to create a steady supply of lionfish to seafood and other developing markets.


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