Date: Feb. 8, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Division of Marine Fisheries names new Shellfish Sanitation
and Recreational Water Quality Section chief
MOREHEAD CITY — Shannon Jenkins is the new Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section chief at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Jenkins started his new job Jan. 13. He replaces former Section Chief Patti Fowler, who retired Jan. 1.
Jenkins has worked with the Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section in different capacities for 11 years, and already has some goals in mind.
“I want to utilize some newer technologies, especially related to notifying the public of where shellfish closures are,” Jenkins said.
He would like to develop a web mapping application, accessible through the division website, which will allow the public to zoom in on maps of shellfish harvest areas to see if there are any temporary closures. The current shellfish maps on the website delineate only permanently closed areas.
“It would allow the public to visualize our temporary closures,” Jenkins said. “As of now it’s primarily text-based descriptions in proclamations.
It would also allow them to see landmarks that we may have referenced in a proclamation,” Jenkins said.
In addition, Jenkins plans to continue to be proactive about emerging issues such as Vibrio bacteria and harmful algal blooms.
Jenkins began with the Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section in April 2004 as a shoreline surveyor in the Growing Areas Program, where he would walk the banks of coastal rivers, creeks and sounds to evaluate pollution sources that might impact shellfish waters.
A year later, he was promoted to sanitary survey coordinator where he evaluated shellfish waters for proper classifications. He became Growing Areas Program manager in October 2012.
Since June 2015, Jenkins has been the Inspections Program Manager, a job he took replacing Steve Murphey, who became chief of the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section.
Hailing from Beaufort, Jenkins grew up around coastal waters, but it was not until his years as a biology major at EastJenk Carolina University that he knew he wanted to go into public health. His concentration was in microbiology and biotechnology. Jenkins liked the subject, and public health allowed him to use his degree out in the field.
He also wanted to stay close to home, so after graduating in 1994, he began working for the Carteret County Health Department. Later he was a health consultant with Subway Restaurants.
“I do like kind of the small town life,” Jenkins said. “I’m not a city person. I like to visit, but wouldn’t want to live there.”
Jenkins still lives in Beaufort with his wife, Whitney, and his 8-year-old son, Eli.
A photo of Jenkins can be downloaded at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/011516-jenkins-photo.
Contact Jenkins for an interview at 252-808-8148 or Shannon.Jenkins@ncdenr.gov.
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