Eileen Sobeck named new head of NOAA Fisheries

16 Jan 2014
Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Credit: NOAA

Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Credit: NOAA

Eileen Sobeck has been appointed assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

She will take over from Samuel Rauch, who has served as acting assistant administrator since 2012, on 27 January.

As assistant administrator, Ms Sobeck will oversee the management and conservation of recreational and commercial fisheries, and the protection of marine mammals, marine protected species, and coastal fisheries habitat within the US exclusive economic zone.

"Since the beginning of her career, Eileen has sought to strike a balance in management of natural resources to ensure sustainable uses while protecting and preserving our marine ecosystems for future generations," said acting NOAA Administrator, Kathryn Sullivan. "Her background and expertise will be an asset at NOAA Fisheries as they work to continue turning the corner on overfishing, protect endangered marine species, and promote smart management approaches to build sustainable fisheries, and vibrant coastal communities."

Early in her career, Ms Sobeck worked in the NOAA Office of General Counsel from 1979-1984. She then served at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division from 1984-2009. Ms Sobeck currently serves as acting assistant secretary of the Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs. She has served as deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior since 2009.

"I am honoured to be returning to NOAA in this very important role," said Ms Sobeck. "From managing our nation's fisheries to protecting endangered marine species and ecosystems to promoting commercial and recreational fishing, the work of NOAA Fisheries is critically important to the nation. I look forward to joining the team and working with the talented men and women within the organisation to fulfil its mission."

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