Victor Simon has worked for FRAM since 1999. He has been involved with the West Coast Slope Survey for the past four years. Victor has a B.S. in biology from the University of New York at Albany.
Victor is part of the Survey Team in FRAM's Monitoring Program. The team charters West Coast commercial fishing vessels and outfits them with sophisticated electronic equipment used to survey hundreds of sites off the West Coast between Canada and Mexico. The surveys are used to obtain information used in stock assessments, which are key to estimating fish stock size and act as the foundation of advice on harvest levels. Victor's responsibilities include maintaining and modifying the vast array of electronic equipment used on board and trawl maintenance and repair. He also spends several months a year in the field on the vessels collecting data. Victor's research will focus on non-extractive data collection projects with the use of underwater camera systems.