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New NOAA Fisheries Office to Address International Fisheries and Sustainable Seafood


The newly appointed Director, John Henderschedt, will begin his new role on April 6. Henderschedt will guide the new office in a more active and strategic engagement by the agency in the international marketplace of conservation policy, seafood production and trade.

Highlights from Mr. Henderschedt’s Career

  • Executive Director, Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum, Seattle, WA (2011-2015)
  • Vice President, Operations and Fisheries Management Coordinator, Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership, Seattle, WA (2001-2011)
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Groundfish Forum, Seattle, WA (1998- 2001)
  • Director of Operations and Director of Business and Government Affairs, Golden Age Fisheries (GAF), Seattle, WA (1990-1997)
  • Director of Joint Venture Operations, Marine Resources Company International (MRCI), Seattle, WA (1986-1990)


NOAA Fisheries has positioned itself to more fully engage in the ocean to plate global discussion through the merger of its Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Program. The new office will address international fisheries and sustainable seafood issues through effective engagement with science, policy and commerce of U.S. seafood in the global economy.

Leading the office will be the newly appointed Director, John Henderschedt. In his new role, Mr. Henderschedt will guide this office in fulfilling NOAA’s core stewardship mission which requires a more active and strategic engagement by the agency in the international marketplace of conservation policy, seafood production and trade.

John is uniquely qualified to lead the new office through its transition toward a more robust and cohesive mission. He has been active in business and policy since 1988, from both the commercial fishing and seafood sectors, and more recently from the conservation and management perspective. John has held one of Washington State's two obligatory seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and we are in the process of working with the State and the Council in appointing a replacement for this vacated seat. 

“John is well-versed in NOAA Fisheries issues, both domestic and international and has also navigated the processes of seafood safety regulations and requirements. His background and skill set make him the perfect person to straddle these communities’ interconnected domains,” said Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

Office of International Affairs

Current Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs, Jean-Pierre Plé, will continue to serve in the same role and remain responsible for the day-to-day operations focusing on international cooperation to achieve effective and responsible marine stewardship and ensure sustainable fisheries management globally.

Office of Seafood Inspection

Steven Wilson, Deputy Director of the Seafood Inspection Program, will continue to have operational oversight of the Seafood Inspection Program which provides inspection services for fish, shellfish, and fishery products to the industry on a fee-for-service basis assuring compliance with all applicable food regulations.

“I am excited to come on board during this transition and be part of the NOAA team. NOAA Fisheries’ international presence and the work of the Seafood Inspection Program are held in high regard across the world,” said Henderschedt. Adding that “seafood has become the market ambassador for international ocean stewardship. I’m looking forward to playing a role in building on the success of these offices and strategically fulfilling our combined missions to more cohesively address the growing trade issues and opportunities relevant to the agency’s stewardship and seafood missions.”

Example Committees and Workgroups

  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Vice Chair
  • Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Taskforce
  • National Aquarium Uncertainty in Fisheries Expert Panel
  • Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Body
  • University of Washington Ocean Modeling Forum Steering Committee
  • Electronic Monitoring National Workshop Steering Committee, 2013