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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announces the selection of Doug Gregory as its new Executive Director. Gregory will take the helm May 20, 2013. He replaces Dr. Stephen Bortone, who is retiring in May.

“The Gulf Council has many important issues on its agenda, and I look forward to working with Doug as our new Executive Director,” said Doug Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf Council.

“Doug brings extensive experience to the Council, both in practical application and in the fisheries management process. His educational work with the fishing public will be a great asset, and his background and experience will go a long way to enhance the Council process,” Boyd added.

Gregory has earned a B.A. in Zoology, M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology, and B.S. in Statistics. He has been involved in fisheries for over 35 years, and during his career worked as a fishery biologist for National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest and Alaska Fishery Center in Seattle. Gregory also spent 7 years as a staff biologist for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and has been a long-time member and past Chair of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.

Gregory is leaving his post at the Florida Sea Grant Monroe County Extension Office in Key West, where he manages the office and supervises educational programs. His focus has been on developing collaborative efforts with fishing organizations and regulatory agencies to enhance co-management practices. Gregory has been instrumental in improving communications between regulators and the public at a grassroots level.

“I’m eager to apply the skills and knowledge I’ve gained throughout my career to help lead the Gulf Council in providing the best fisheries management possible for the benefit of both the resource and the stakeholders,” Gregory said.

Gregory grew up in a shrimp fishing family and is an avid diver, spear fisher, and recreational angler. He looks forward to returning to the Tampa Bay area and taking on new challenges.

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