From the Council Chair: Winter 2020

(NEWSLETTER: Winter 2020)


Greetings! I hope 2020 got off to a great start for you and your family.  The new year brings new beginnings, and, according to the Greek philosopher, Plato, “the beginning is the most important part of the work.” 

2020 marks the beginning of the first full year for John Carmichael in his role as the Council’s new Executive Director. John assumed the position in mid-December following the retirement of Gregg Waugh. 


Check out this article on Gregg Waugh’s retirement.


To many, John needs no introduction.  He’s served the Council for 16 years, first as the SEDAR program manager and stock assessment scientist, and then as the Science and Statistics program manager, and most recently as the deputy director for Science and Statistics. Before joining the Council, he was a stock assessment scientist with North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries and a fishery management plan coordinator with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. You may not know, however, that before entering the profession of fisheries science and management, John worked for the Virginia cooperative extension program coordinating pest management for gypsy moths.


Council members are looking forward to great things from John as he takes on the Executive Director position. With this new beginning, we anticipate great new ideas and continued outstanding work and professionalism from the Council’s staff. 


As always, the Council and staff have a lot going on. Read more about what we’ll be focused on in 2020 in this edition of the South Atlantic Council Newsletter. You can also follow us on social media: Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; and YouTube.


Here’s to a great 2020!


Tight lines,


Jessica McCawley


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