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Doug Gregory, Monroe County Extension Director and Florida Sea Grant extension agent, was recently awarded the Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award.
The award is presented annually to a Florida Sea Grant agent who takes initiative, creativity and leadership in his or her extension program. Since 1991, Gregory has served as a valuable resource to the Florida Keys commercial fishing industry and natural resource agencies both as a scientific advisor and as an educator. He provides regular presentations to industry meetings, assists in community development opportunities, and facilitates fisheries research and management activities to empower local fishermen to participate in advancing their industry.
In recognition of his efforts NOAA awarded him their Public Education, Community Service and Media Award for his work to improve the public’s understanding of commercial fishing, and for helping fishermen see the importance of sustainable fishing.
Gregory’s name has been added to the permanent plaque on display at the Florida Sea Grant state headquarters at the University of Florida.