National Marine Fisheries Service
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Director
Bill Karp was appointed as the Northeast Science and Research Director on June 26, 2012. He served as the Acting Director since January 3, 2012. In this role, he plans, develops, and manages a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research on the living marine resources of the Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, NC. He also leads NOAA Fisheries’ six northeastern labs and field stations located from Maine to Washington, D.C.
Previously, he served as the Deputy Science and Research Director for the Alaska Fisheries Center for a period of four years. In that position, Bill provided the services of chief operating officer for the Center, guiding program planning and development, workforce development, administration, fiscal management, facilities oversight, IT systems oversight, and safety and environmental compliance actions. He is a member of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Science Committee and chairs the ICES Steering Group on Ecosystem Surveys, Science and Technology. His scientific expertise includes fisheries acoustics, survey design and innovation, bycatch assessment and management, and fishery-dependent data collection and interpretation. He has served as lead for the Center’s cooperative agreement with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and is a Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government.
Bill was awarded a B.Sc. in Applied Biology by Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 1972 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries by the University of Washington in 1975 and 1982.
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