New NOAA Fisheries head

10 Jan 2012
Eric Schwaab is to leave his position as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Credit: NOAA

Eric Schwaab is to leave his position as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Credit: NOAA

Eric Schwaab is to leave his position as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries to serve as NOAA’s acting assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management, starting on 17 January.

The assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management drives policy and program direction for NOAA’s stewardship responsibilities, including ocean resource management, coastal management and protected resources.

NOAA Administrator, Jane Lubchenco, said: “I’m pleased that Eric agreed to shoulder this new responsibility. I’ve been grateful for his leadership as the head of NOAA Fisheries, leading efforts with fishery councils and the fishing industry to meet deadlines to establish annual catch limits, fostering new, productive relationships with commercial and recreational fishermen and women and working to effect significant reform of NOAA’s enforcement program. Eric brings more than 25 years of experience in local, state and federal natural resource management to this new role.”

Sam Rauch, currently NOAA Fisheries deputy assistant administrator for regulatory programs, will serve as acting assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Since 2006, Mr Rauch has led efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the USA’s fisheries. He has also been instrumental in development of the new NOAA Habitat Blueprint and on a variety of critical protected resource issues.

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