|Charles "Wendy" Taylor|
After 30+ years as a NOAA Diver and well over 1200 logged dives, Charles (Wendy) Taylor has plans to retire from NOAA in September 2011. Wendy is the Engineering Team leader at the Harvesting Systems Unit, in Pascagoula, MS and supervises the Fisheries Methods and Equipment Specialists (FMES) at the Unit. http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/labs/mississippi/harvesting_systems.htm
Wendy has worked for the Harvesting Systems Unit of the Pascagoula, MS laboratory for 33 years. In December, 1979 Wendy attended the NOAA working diver class in Miami, FL which, at that time, was run by Dick Rutkowski and Morgan Wells. A few years after dive school, Wendy served as surface support for the Aquarius Habitat in St.Croix, USVI. Wendy along with Ian Workman and John Watson improved techniques for diving on and videotaping shrimp and fish trawls.
|Wendy in the net shop|
Wendy and Ian were also the first to dive on and videotape high opening mid-water fish trawls from the NOAA ship Chapman. In the following years, Harvesting Systems spent a great deal of time developing and improving the turtle excluder device (TED) which replaced the turtle barrier. The unit developed a TED (the NMFS TED) which also incorporated a bycatch excluder device (BRD)within it. Fish exclusion from shrimp trawls soon became an important ecological issue. With vast knowledge of how shrimp trawls functioned he became an integral part of designing and testing BRDs. The records show that Wendy has logged 1207 dives although he made several hundred dives prior to the implementation of the NDC diver data base. Wendy has now hung up his fins and is looking forward to retirement and returning to Georgia with wife Mary Ann to continue his hobby of fishing.