In 2000, scientists at Northeastern University and MIT unveiled findings that sonar technology could be used to more accurately determine fish stocks. This technological revelation is critical because of the effect climate change has on fish stocks. Representative Ferrante has repeatedly sought and built coalitions to fund this important research method. Ann-Margaret continues to work with industry leaders such as Legal Sea Foods CEO and President Roger Berkowitz to assure that the government uses the best attainable science.
As vice-chair of the Committee for Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Ann-Margaret has tirelessly worked to make Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute a reality. She has played a pivotal role in bringing biotech leaders such as David Walt, Greg Verdine and Marc Vidal together. Moreover, she has worked to fund cutting-edge fisheries research that may improve fisheries research and bring invaluable information about the fishery to future generations.
Ann-Margaret has brought biotechnology to our students and to our evolving workforce, giving everyone from a recent high school graduate to a more advanced student the opportunity to find work in this emerging field by creating a training program and biotech jobs to Cape Ann.