State Resource Agency Appointee
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, NC 28557
Michelle Duval has worked for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries (within the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) since November 2007, and has served as the agency designee on the council since September 2011. As a staff member in the director's office, she also serves as a proxy on several species management boards at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and represents the agency on various interstate and regional collaborations.
Prior to working for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Dr. Duval spent ten years working for Environmental Defense Fund in their Raleigh, NC office on a variety of federal, state and interstate fisheries management topics, as well as coastal development and water quality issues. She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a Ph.D. in marine ecology from Duke University.
Fisheries Management Philosophy:
Dr. Duval believes that fisheries management should be a collaborative process between stakeholders and managers that is based on sound and representative science. She hopes to contribute significantly to the development of a long-range vision for the snapper grouper fishery, and work with fishermen and scientists to develop innovative opportunities for cooperative research that will contribute to the data needs within the region.