Date: Nov. 13, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Two state fisheries staff elected chairs of federal, interstate boards
MOREHEAD CITY — N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff members have taken positions of influence on a federal and an interstate fisheries boards.
Michelle Duval, executive assistant for councils, was elected chairman of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in September; and Patti Fowler, chief of the Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section, was elected chairman of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference in October.
“It definitely shows the high regard in which North Carolina is held by these multi-jurisdictional boards,” said division Director Louis Daniel. “We are very proud of that.”
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is a federal board responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal, 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West. The chairman approves the council’s agendas, within statutory mandates, and appoints the chairs and vice-chairs of the council’s committees. Also, staff come to the chairman for direction on how to move forward with council issues, Duval said.
For the past several years, Duval has supported a long-term visioning project for the snapper/grouper fishery, and the council will be addressing a Draft Vision Blueprint for the Snapper/Grouper Fishery at its December meeting.
“One of the things I’d like to do is see that some of the suggestions that stakeholders have brought forward go through,” Duval said.
Duval said she will also push for a cooperative monitoring project involving fishermen.
Duval will serve a two-year term.
The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference sets the guidelines for the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance, which is the minimum sanitary standards that states must follow to participate in interstate shellfish commerce. Fowler will chair the executive board as well as a biennial meeting. She will set agendas, pick committee memberships.
“As chairman, I would like to challenge members to be more involved in the committees and task forces, so that we can make the best decisions for everyone involved in the National Shellfish Program,” Fowler said.
Fowler was elected for a two-year term. She will retire from the division Jan. 1, but plans to continue serving as the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference chairman.
For more information, contact Duval at 252-808-8011 or Michelle.Duval@ncdenr.gov or Fowler at 252-808-8147 or Patti.Fowler@ncdenr.gov.
Download photos of Duval and Fowler at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/111315-p_fowler-m_duval.
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