Cate O’Keefe: Executive Director

Cate O'Keefe

Newburyport, MA – The New England Fishery Management Council has chosen Dr. Catherine “Cate” O’Keefe as Executive Director

O’Keefe has over 20 years of experience in fisheries science and management. She is the owner of Fishery Applications Consulting Team. As its principal consultant, she has provided technical, research, and facilitation services to a wide range of clients, including the New England Council for scallop and monkfish projects. O’Keefe also has provided services to offshore wind energy companies, fishing industry organizations, global consulting firms, academic institutions, and research organizations. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.

O’Keefe has received numerous recognition awards and is a member of the American Fisheries Society and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, in which she currently serves as President. She has authored or co-authored over two dozen scientific publications and reports.

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is one of eight regional councils established by federal legislation in 1976. The management authority of the Council extends to the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England, and overlaps with the Mid-Atlantic Council for some species in that region. The Council has developed management plans for nine species or species groups occurring in the exclusive economic zone off Maine through Connecticut. For more information, visit