Alex Mercado began his career at CCE as a grant writer and soon thereafter transitioned into a position that aligns with his passion for conservation and the environment.
Welcome to Alex, our newest Fisheries Specialist!
What’s your favorite part of your job so far?
My favorite part of the job so far is the day-to-day variability. Every day brings new opportunities to learn, meet interesting people and/or get your hands dirty, which keeps the job exciting.
What part of your job would people find most surprising?
I think people would be surprised to learn how closely we work with local fishermen to complete projects. Be it collecting derelict lobster traps, surveying fish populations or testing new gear, our fishermen partners are essential to project success.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about our local fisheries?
One thing I wish people knew about our local fisheries is the role and extent of the commercial fishing industry in supporting Long Island’s economy. As one of the regions oldest commercial ventures, it still plays a huge part in supporting the livelihoods of thousands of people across the Island.