ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has chosen Carl Wilson, formerly the department’s chief lobster biologist, to serve as director of the Bureau of Marine Science. Department scientist David Libby has served in an acting capacity in the position since the retirement of the bureau’s longtime director, Linda Mercer, last August.
“Carl brings tremendous strengths to the bureau director position, including a keen understanding of Maine’s most lucrative fishery and the ability to effectively communicate technical information to managers, industry members and the public,” DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher said in a statement.
“With the rapid changes we are seeing in the environment, Carl’s ability to take a broad view and his thoughtful consideration of the Bureau’s role and how it informs the region’s fisheries science work will surely benefit the department and the industry in the years ahead,” Keliher said.
Wilson has served as DMR’s chief lobster biologist since joining the department in 1999. During the past 15 years, he directed all of the state’s lobster research and monitoring programs. He was instrumental in developing the collaborative relationship between Maine lobstermen and DMR scientists for research projects such as larval lobster settlement surveys and ventless trap surveys.
Wilson also has supervised department science staff, served on state and interstate technical committees and overseen the operation and maintenance of DMR research vessels and mapping systems.
Before joining DMR, Wilson served as marine resources outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Island Institute and as a graduate research assistant at the University of Maine-Orono.
Wilson received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1995 and his Master of Science from the University of Maine in 1999. He is nearing completion of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the University of Maine that examines the Maine lobster fishery as an example of how experimental fisheries research can be used to inform management.
Wilson assumed his duties as director on Monday.