Buckson new NOAA director

Bruce Buckson, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). Credit: NOAA Bruce Buckson, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). Credit: NOAA
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NOAA has announced the selection of Bruce Buckson, a nationally recognised leader in natural resource conservation law enforcement, as director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).

Mr Buckson will join NOAA on 4 September from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), where he served for 29 years. A Lieutenant Colonel, he has been a deputy director of its Division of Law Enforcement since 2007. The FWC includes one of the largest fish and wildlife law enforcement agencies in the world in a state with the nation’s second longest coastline.

“Bruce brings to NOAA extensive natural resource conservation leadership experience, firsthand knowledge of marine law enforcement operations and a demonstrated ability to work across diverse stakeholder groups to ensure clear, effective and enforceable policies,” said Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “In his new role, Bruce will advance our mission to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that conserve and protect our nation's marine resources. For example, he will expand our dockside presence and improve communications with fishermen with the hiring of 23 new enforcement officers and lead the search for a new Special Agent in Charge for the Northeast Region.”

“I look forward to working with this highly professional team to provide fair and effective enforcement of laws and regulations that ensure sustainable marine fisheries,” said Mr Buckson. “Over my first few months, I plan to meet with our regional staff and with our constituents and community partners to understand the important issues in their regions.”

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