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NOAA Fisheries Names Wieting New Director for Protected Resources

Donna Wieting is excited to start her new position as Director for NOAA Fisheries' Office of Protected 

In her new role, Wieting will be working to implement the Endangered Species Act for endangered species, such 
as this North Pacific right whale with calf.  

May 14, 2013

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that Donna Wieting has been appointed as the new director for the Office of Protected Resources. She will begin this new assignment on May 20, 2013. Her new responsibilities include the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and international protected species initiatives for the conservation, management, and recovery of 165 stocks of marine mammals under the MMPA and 86 species listed under the ESA.

Over the last 22 years, Donna has served in a variety of other senior policy and management positions in the federal government. Starting as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Fisheries’ Habitat Office, she took and succeeded in increasingly challenging leadership positions within three major organizations at NOAA, including her most recent position as deputy director and acting director of the NOAA Ocean Service Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. 

There she was responsible for implementing programs that provide funding and technical resources to states and territories. She also held science and management authority for the conservation and management of ocean and coastal resources and economic support for coastal communities.

Donna began her career at Fisheries in 1990 as an environmental policy specialist following a Knauss Fellowship with the Office of Habitat. She went on to serve as the deputy director for the Office of Protected Resources from 2003 to 2007. While at Protected Resources, Donna led the successful five-year effort to reauthorize the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the development of the right whale ship strike strategy, and the management of marine acoustics impacts for NOAA. She also received the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal in 1999 for exemplary efforts to conserve strategic stocks of harbor porpoise along with several of her colleagues.

Donna received her Masters of Science in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Donna, her husband, and son live in Takoma Park, Maryland, and enjoy exploring the rich nature, history, and culture of the mid-Atlantic region.