Council Selects John Carmichael As New Executive Director

Executive Director Gregg Waugh to retire in December


(NEWSLETTER - Fall 2019)


The Council announced during its September meeting that John Carmichael, the current Deputy Executive Director for Science and Statistics at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, has been selected to become its next Executive Director. Carmichael was selected to assume the position upon Executive Director Gregg Waugh’s retirement in December 2019. As the Deputy Director for Science, John currently manages the Council’s science activities such as the Scientific and Statistical Committee, stock assessments, and Citizen Science efforts.



John joined the Council staff in 2003, after working as a stock assessment scientist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. His previous positions include working as a Fishery Management Plan Coordinator with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “I am honored to be chosen by the Council to serve as the next Executive Director,” said Carmichael upon the announcement. “I look forward to continuing working with the Council, our constituents, and partners to manage our fisheries.”


John and his wife Mary live in Charleston with their two children, daughter Kelsea, a budding marine scientist, and older son Liam, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). When not attending meetings, workshops, or looking at spreadsheets, John can be found on the Outer Banks of North Carolina fishing for his beloved red drum or traveling with his family on adventurous summer vacations.


The Council will bid Gregg farewell during its December meeting in Wilmington, NC, and we will do the same in the next issue of the South Atlantic Update.


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