Sara Mirabilio, Fisheries Specialist
In her role as a fisheries specialist, Sara Mirabilio advances the involvement of commercial and recreational fishing communities in shaping fisheries management policies. Recently, she co-authored Fisheries Management and You. Her ongoing work includes cultivating cooperative research among scientists and fishermen through the Fishery Resource Grant program.
Mirabilio also contributed to design of a marine fisheries mediation program to help sparring user groups in the fishing community craft solutions that may avoid new regulations and are amenable to all parties. Mirabilio also facilitated collaborative learning among Albemarle region crabbers and natural resource professionals, resulting in greater trust and use of both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge in fishery management. She has presented the project at a variety of national conferences, and she is a regular speaker at the Natural Resources Leadership Institute on natural resource collaborative processes.
After graduating with a master’s in marine science from the College of William and Mary's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Mirabilio achieved distinction as a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and worked on issues of national concern through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program in Washington, D.C. Later, she worked as a program analyst for NOAA National Ocean Service before joining North Carolina Sea Grant in 2003. Mirabilio also holds a bachelor’s in marine science from Long Island University’s Southampton College.