FWC marine fisheries director Jessica McCawley named South Atlantic Fishery Management Council chair
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce that Jessica McCawley, director of FWC’s Marine Fisheries Management Division, was recently named chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. She was elected by council members at a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
“It is a great honor to have been selected to chair the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for the next two years, and I look forward to working with members and stakeholders on the successful management of our Atlantic federal fisheries,” said McCawley, who has represented the FWC on the Council for seven years.
“We are so proud of Jessica for being nominated and elected the next chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council,” said FWC’s executive director Eric Sutton. “Jessica has always shown excellent leadership and is tirelessly dedicated to the successful management of Florida’s marine fisheries. I’m looking forward to seeing her bring the same enthusiasm and creativity in her role with the Council.”
McCawley has been the director of the FWC’s Marine Fisheries Management Division since 2011.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within federal waters of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West. The Council includes representatives in the fishing industry as well as state and federal leadership.
Mel Bell, director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Fisheries Management, will serve as vice chair.