Dr. Louis Daniel III, who resigned Feb. 29 after nine years as director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, has been reassigned to a different job within the agency.

Daniel, who worked 21 years for the agency, was reassigned on March 1 as Environmental Program Supervisor II/Assistant Section Chief in Shellfish Sanitation. He made $111,541 as director and will make $86,707 i his  new position. 

Patricia Smith, a DMF spokesman, said that Daniel, was eligible to remain with DMF because of a statute that directs a state agency to reassign an employee who has left an exempt position for any reason other than “just cause” who had more than 10 years with the state before assuming the exempt position. Daniel joined the agency in 1995 as a biological supervisor after receiving a B.A. in Biology from Wake Forest, an M.S. in Marine Science from the College of Charleston and his doctorate in Marine Science from William and Mary. He worked one year for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before being hired by DMF.

Daniel was executive assistant to his predecessor, Preston Pate, for nine years before moving into the director’s office in 2007. He served as chairman of the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council from 2004 to 2006, was a member of the Atlantic States Maine Fisheries Commission beginning in 2007, serving through 2014, the last two years as chairman.

He is a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and an Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.