Project Description

Dave Coughlan

Fisheries Biologist

Dave maintains well over three decades of experience working as a fisheries biologist, largely focused on protection and passage issues and impacts of coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric projects on the aquatic environment. He spent 30 years at Duke Energy, largely focused on sampling fish and conducting fisheries assessments on reservoirs and rivers in North and South Carolina. He maintains extensive experience with endangered Shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeons, American Shad and river herring, American Eel, and Catostomids (aka suckers) … especially the Robust Redhorse. After transitioning to Normandeau Associates, he began working with Tim Brush (also a current Fluver) on fish passage issues surrounding two dams that are in the FERC relicensing process for Santee Cooper, a state-owned power company located in South Carolina. Dave is continuing that work today, developing study plans for the two dams as a member of the resource management team that is composed of staff representing Santee Cooper, SCDNR, USFWS, NMFS, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. A former president of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Dave’s off-time revolves around staying active fishing, bird watching, kayaking and working around his home.