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A Message from Eileen Sobeck, Head of NOAA Fisheries

February 10, 2014

It’s wonderful to be here at NOAA Fisheries, and I look forward to getting up to speed quickly on the many important issues and challenges we face as an agency. I’m also excited to use my expertise in environmental work to be an advocate for all aspects of our core missions, including working to sustain fisheries and protect marine resources.

This new position is one that leads me back full circle to NOAA. I got my start here at NOAA in the Office of General Counsel, and I will always be grateful for that position—it was there I was first introduced to fisheries, protected marine resources, and natural resource management issues. This arena of issues is challenging, but incredibly important.

I am also pleased to see that NOAA Fisheries has strong relationships with our stakeholder communities, including the commercial and recreational fishing industry, fishery management councils, tribes, non-government organizations, and other key partners. Even though I have only been here a short time, I have had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from several of these sectors, and I look forward to meeting more here at headquarters and in the field in the weeks ahead. In fact, I have plans to meet constituents at the Miami Boat Show this week; I’ll be in Maine at the Fishermen’s Forum in late February, at the Boston Seafood Show in March; in April, I’ll be visiting the Pacific Northwest and Alaska; and in May, I’m traveling to the West Coast.

I’m planning to do all I can to support everything NOAA Fisheries does, including ensuring safe and sustainable seafood, creating fishing opportunities and jobs, generating positive economic impacts throughout the country, fostering international cooperation, supporting working waterfronts, conserving and restoring protected resource habitats, and conducting world class science.

As I embark on this new and exciting journey, I want to thank Sam Rauch who led NOAA Fisheries in an acting capacity for almost two years and who will stay active on our NOAA Fisheries leadership team where he returns to his position as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs. Sam did an amazing job in this role, and his hard work, and that of many others in the agency, allows me to hit the ground running. 
 

Eileen Sobeck
Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries