Longtime New England council economist honored

April 14, 2022

Lou Goodreau, center, flanked by New England Fishery Management Council executive director Tom Nies, left, and council chairman Eric Reid. Photo NEFMC.

Lou Goodreau, a New England Fishery Management Council staffer who played a key role in the successful recovery of the East Coast scallop fishery, was honored by the council for his 45-year career there.

Goodreau, an economist and information technology specialist, became a board member in March 1977 shortly after its formation under the original legislation now known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

According to a council statement, Goodreau is the third-longest-serving staff member among the country’s eight regional councils. At the New England Council, he worked under four executive directors and two acting executive directors, helping to create the council’s computer and information systems and major fisheries management plans.

Goodreau has worked on nearly all of the New England Council’s fisheries management plans and early economic analyzes for groundfish, herring and scallops.

He was the first chair of the scallop plan development team during the successful implementation of the limited entry, effort control and vessel monitoring systems in the fishery. After years of declining stocks and harvests, the turnaround has brought stock rebuilding and economic stability that make the sea scallop one of the richest sustainable fisheries in the country.

The board opened its April 12-14 meeting in Mystic, Conn., by paying tribute to Goodreau, who will retire in May.

“The Board’s successes are due in large part to the dedication and skill of the support staff. You have been an anchor of our staff since its inception and have remained committed to the MSA’s founding principles of science, transparency, and inclusive engagement,” Board Chairman Eric Reid said at Goodreau. “Few can match the story and experiences you have seen over your remarkable career.”

“I respect you, council members, especially for your courageous decision-making in the past and in the future,” Goodreau said. “Your staff is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen them all.”