NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Highly Migratory Species Division
Stephen Gray Redding is a fisheries management specialist with NOAA’s Highly Migratory Species Division. He is collaborating with stakeholders and decision makers to ensure sustainable management of valuable and complex fish populations.
As an undergraduate and later a research technician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Redding worked on projects studying the response of oyster reefs and other coastal habitats to a changing world. In coastal Louisiana, he studied the toxicity of oil affecting larval fishes. As a fisheries observer onboard vessels in coastal North Carolina, Redding gained a strong appreciation for the work commercial fishermen do and a desire to ensure that fisheries resources remain for future generations.
As a master’s student in fisheries science at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Redding used chemical techniques to study the movement and migration patterns of juvenile Atlantic mackerel with the hope of helping to improve management of the species. In graduate school, he served on the Graduate Student Council and as treasurer of the American Fisheries Society’s Tidewater Chapter student subunit.
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