Dr. Billy Causey

Billy Causey

Billy Causey is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Marine Sanctuary Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Previously, he had managed National Marine Sanctuaries in the Florida Keys since 1983, when he became the Manager of the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. As the manager of this marine protected area he developed the education, science and enforcement programs and sustained an interagency partnership between the state and federal governments. He served as the Superintendent of the 2900 square nautical mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from August 1991 to September 2, 2006, when he assumed his current position. Billy has been the lead National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official in the development of the management plan for the Keys Sanctuary, including development of this nation’s first comprehensive marine zoning plan. He led efforts to establish the largest network of fully protected areas in the continental US. He serves as the liaison with local, state and other federal agencies responsible for management of natural resources in the Southeast Region. Billy’s academic interests are in coral reef ecology, coral reef fishes, sustainable management, impacts from climate change, marine policy and marine zoning. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Corpus Christi in 1967, and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&I University in 1969. Three years of post graduate work at the University of South Florida introduced him to the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem. On May 6, 2006, Billy Causey was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of South Florida. Billy has served on the Governor's Commission for Sustainable South Florida and on the Working Group for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Most recently, he was appointed to serve on the State of Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Resources Council. He has received numerous national and international awards for his work in marine protected areas.