Date: Nov. 13, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Fisheries director praised for Atlantic States
Marine Fisheries Commission chairmanship work
MOREHEAD CITY — N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel received praise from his colleagues on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission as he stepped down from a two-year term as board chairman last week.
Daniel handed the gavel to newly elected Chairman Douglas Grout, chief of the Marine Fisheries Division of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
“My predecessor, Louis Daniel, has cemented his legacy as a champion of marine fisheries and a role model to those they support by guiding the commission through two productive years that included major management decisions for two of the Atlantic coast’s most iconic species, Atlantic striped bass and Atlantic menhaden,” Grout said.
“Evidenced by the fact that a record number of commission-managed fisheries are thriving, Louis never backed away from making tough decisions and always did what he believed to be the right thing,” Gout said. “Under his leadership, the commission transitioned smoothly through a period of major staff turnover, avoided an Endangered Species Act listing of American eel and completed numerous benchmark stock assessments. In a tough fiscal environment, he also fought to provide the states with the resources they needed to get the job done.”
Among his work over the past two years, Daniel is most proud of guiding the new executive director of the commission and the adoption of productive menhaden measures.
“Being able to drive the ship like I was, was an honor,” Daniel said.
As past commission chairman, Daniel will serve a two-year term on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Executive Committee.
Moving forward, Daniel said he is looking forward to working with North Carolina’s newly-appointed representatives on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: state Rep. Bob Steinberg of Edenton and Doug Brady of Morehead City. Daniel said he has been impressed with their participation, thus far.
Brady, a former fish house owner, has shown a lot of expertise in fisheries management, Daniel said. It is also good to have a seated legislator attending, he said.
“Only a handful of states have legislators serve in their seats,” Daniel said. “Normally a proxy serves.”
Daniel also served as chairman of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from 2004 to 2006.
Download a photo of Daniel at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/111315-l_daniel.
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