Dr. Michael Armstrong received his Masters in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary/Virginia Institute of Marine Sc ience and his Doctorate in Marine Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Armstrong is an Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries where he has worked for twenty-six years. He heads up the Fisheries Biology Section which encompasses all biological studies, surveys, and stock assessments conducted by the Division on commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important marine, estuarine, and diadromous species He formerly worked for the Florida Marine Research Institute, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and University of New Hampshire. Dr. Armstrong has an extensive background in fish biology, analysis of fishery data, stock assessment, fisheries management and many aspects of estuarine, wetland, and coastal ecology. He has published papers on a number of aquatic species including river herring, winter flounder, striped bass, goosefish, Atlantic cod, Atlantic herring, weakfish, American lobster, northern shrimp, and bluefish. He serves on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's management boards for Striped Bass, Shad and River Herring, Northern Shrimp, and Sturgeon. Dr. Armstrong serves as adjunct faculty at UMass-Amherst, UMass-Dartmouth, and UMass-Boston and a Lecturer for the Marine Studies Consortium.