Merrick serves as the Director, Resilient Fisheries within the Fishery Solutions Center at Environmental Defense Fund where he works to advance fishery management in ways that achieve desired economic, social, and environmental outcomes, and to ensure those outcomes are durable in the face of climate change. His particular focus is on the identification of fishery management challenges created by climate change and the design of solutions and processes for addressing those problems. His work spans multiple continents, including North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Prior to working at EDF, Merrick worked in a couple of different capacities that include time spent time as a fishery manager on the US West Coast and several years as the Executive of a large fishery stakeholder group in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. As a fishery manager he led the development of rights-based management approaches, bycatch reduction measures, stock recovery policies, and fish habitat conservation. As the Executive of a stakeholder group he focused on ensuring alignment between small and large scale fishing interests, and in the development of forward-looking ecosystem-based policies that address stakeholder interests while ensuring adherence to sustainability goals.
Merrick serves on several non-profit Boards and also serves on a committee charged with advising the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on climate change and the effect on marine resources. He has an MSc from Oregon State University and a BA from Linfield College.