Dr. Mitchell A. Roffer is founder and President of Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (ROFFS™), a scientific consulting company based in West Melbourne, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Biological Oceanography with an emphasis on satellite fisheries oceanography. ROFFS™ (http://www.roffs.com) under the direction of Mitchell Roffer has been producing daily oceanographic analyses for a variety of operational and research applications that integrate a plethora of satellite data (U.S. and European) at a variety of spatial resolutions (75 meters to 1.1 kilometers) with in-situ data for more than 28 years. Born in New York City, raised in Yonkers, NY, attended University of Florida, University of Maryland (B.S. zoology), Iona College, and Long Island University (CW Post campus). He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Marine and Environment Studies.
Dr. Roffer has extensive experience and is best known for tactical and strategic fishing forecast analyses for the recreational and commercial fishing industries that are the result of the integration of satellite and other fisheries oceanographic data. Roffer continues to be intensively involved a broad range of projects from ship routing, oil and gas drilling operations, seismic and fish surveys, fisheries development, aquaculture, environmental monitoring, and applied scientific research. ROFFS™ also provides real-time oceanographic information to a variety of government and academic users. Roffer lead the effort in providing oil – current analyses in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill episode. ROFFS™ also provides oceanographic services to the oil and gas industry on world-side basis for oil drilling operations, redeployment of equipment, seismic surveys, and ship routing. Their products are designed to provide real-time detailed information on ocean conditions to maximize the operational efficiency and to reduce risk.
Mr. Mitchell Roffer remains active in both the scientific community, as well, as the fisheries resource management community locally, regionally, nationally and on an international basis. Roffer is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) in a four year funded project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration four year funded project, “Management and Conservation of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) and Other Highly Migratory Fish in the Gulf of Mexico Under IPCC Climate Change Scenarios: A Study Using Regional Climate and Habitat Models” (10-BIOCLIM10-14). He is the PI for an NOAA IOOS Southeast U.S. Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) three year project, “Providing Oceanographic Data in Support of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management: Developing Data Products Derived From Satellite And In Situ Observations For Fisheries Stock Assessment.”
He is a member of NASA’s internationally renowned Biodiversity & Ecological Forecasting Science Team and participates in the NASA Ocean Color Science Team and the Sea Surface Temperature Science Team. Roffer is an active participant in several regional and state Integrated Ocean Observing System associations. He is a member of the Board of Directors and has served as an Executive Board Member on SECOORA and serves on the Products and Services Committee in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS). He is an Institutional Host of the Florida COOS Consortium and is also a member of the IOOS’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Association (MARACOOS). He is a member of the Florida Ocean’s Alliance and many fishing and conservation organizations. His hobbies include fishing, kayaking, birding, orchid growing and cooking.