Merrick serves as the Senior Economist within the Fishery Solutions Center where he works to advance fishery management in ways that achieve desired economic, social, and environmental outcomes. His particular focus is on the development and application of bioeconomic tools which measure the potential for sustainable fisheries and help to identify pathways for attaining that sustainability.
Prior to working with EDF, Merrick spent several years working as a fisheries economist for the U.S. Federal government where he worked on habitat conservation, bycatch management, and the development of the U.S. west coast groundfish catch share program. He also was formerly the director of a large Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska seafood-interest group where he worked to advance several policies which achieved desired economic and social goals while continuing to meet sustainability needs.
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.