Dr. Kerstetter has over 17 years experience with commercial and scientific fisheries field research in the western North and South Atlantic, including fishing gear by-catch reduction research and studies on the aging, reproduction, and diets of marine fishes. He has been involved with the tagging of marine fishes since 2000, including several peer-reviewed scientific publications on electronic tagging projects on tuna and billfish.
Mr. Kerstetter received his Ph.D. in Marine Science with a focus on fisheries science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, as well as a Masters in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary. He serves as an appointed member of the NOAA Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel and the U.S. Advisory Committee to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).