Dr. Carolyn Belcher is the next Marine Fisheries Chief for the Coastal Resources Division. Dr. Belcher has been with the state since 1996, serving first with CRD, then with the UGA Marine Extension Service, returning to CRD in 2006 where she has served as a Program Manager for Research and Surveys. Most recently she has been Acting Chief but the position becomes permanent on May 1, 2018.
‘Carolyn brings to her new role a wealth of knowledge and experience in marine fisheries research and management,” says Coastal Director Doug Haymans. In this new position, Carolyn will be responsible for daily supervision and administrative oversight of the Marine Fisheries Section, which conducts marine life/saltwater angler surveys, collects seafood harvest statistics, constructs fish habitat, and develops/maintains boating and fishing access along the coast. She will also be involved in interstate and federal fishery management through participation in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.