Joseph W. Smith

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NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories


Interviews with retired staff of NOAA Beaufort Lab, documenting their academic background, career path, research focus, and reflections on their work in the lab.  

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  • Joseph W. Smith: Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA..
  • He received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology at Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia in 1975.
  • He received his Master’s Degree in Marine Science from Willian & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1980.
  • Joe worked for the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department at Fort Johnson in Charleston, SC, from 1979 to 1983.  He held a biologist position with the Recreational Finfish Section, the Commercial Statistics Office, and the MARMAP Program.
  • In spring 1983 he was hired by the Menhaden Program at NOAA’s Beaufort (NC) Laboratory.  There, he supervised menhaden port samplers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, managed menhaden fishery-dependent data bases, and was the federal liaison to the menhaden industry.
  • He retired from the Beaufort Laboratory in 2015. 

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