Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Michelle Duval

Michelle Duval

Dr. Michelle Duval has over 20 years of diverse career experience in marine fisheries and coastal resource management at the state, interstate, and federal levels. She recently completed over ten years of service with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries as the Executive Assistant for Councils in June 2018. In that capacity, she represented the state’s interests at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, working cooperatively with the leadership of other states to develop effective management plans for coastal fisheries. Michelle was also the state’s designee on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, where she collaborated with commercial and recreational fishing interests, conservation organizations, and other agency representatives to address complex and controversial federal fishery management issues. She served in multiple Council leadership roles, including that of Council Chair (2015-2017) and Vice-Chair (2013-2015), and was heavily involved in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the snapper grouper fishery as well as the launch of the Council’s Citizen Science Program. Prior to working for the State of North Carolina, Michelle spent ten years (1997-2007) at the Raleigh office of Environmental Defense Fund on a variety of state and federal fisheries management, coastal development and large-scale agricultural issues. During that time, she served as an environmental community representative on many state and federal advisory panels and negotiated stakeholder processes. Michelle relocated to West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband and dog, and is currently the sole proprietor of Mellivora Consulting, providing professional consulting services on marine fisheries management and ocean resource issues to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.