Fishery Management Specialist
Jessica Coakley is the staff member responsible for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fishery management plan. In addition, Jessica is the staff lead for the Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee and lead for the Council’s habitat activities and initiatives. Jessica grew up in New Jersey and graduated with a BS from Rutgers University before completing a MS at University of Maryland. Before working with the Council, Jessica was previously employed as a biometrician with the State of Delaware and as a research biologist with the State of Maryland. There she focused on oyster and blue crab growth and population dynamics.