National Fisherman

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has selected Doug Gregory as its new executive director. Gregory will take the helm May 20, 2013. He replaces 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," says Doug Boyd, council chairman. "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."

Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, a Master of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries ecology, and Bachelor of Science degree in statistics. He has been involved in fisheries for over 35 years, and during his career worked as a fishery biologist for NMFS Northwest and Alaska Fishery Center in Seattle.

Gregory also spent seven years as a staff biologist for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and has been a long-time member and past chairman 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 says.

Gregory grew up in a shrimp fishing family and is an avid diver, spear fisherman, and recreational fisherman.

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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