WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chris Oliver, the former executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, was announced as the new chief administrator of NOAA Fisheries. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made the announcement June 19.
Oliver, according to a released statement, will oversee the agency’s conservation and management of commercial and recreational fisheries. The new administrator would also manage, “3,200 people in five regional offices, six science centers, and 24 labs and fish stations in 15 states and U.S. territories,” according to NOAA.
Rebuilding U.S. fisheries, conserving resources, promoting domestic marine aquaculture production and maximizing fishing opportunities were among Oliver’s stated goals in his new position.
The Trump administration appointment fills a position temporarily held by Acting Assistant Administrator Samuel Rauch. With Oliver’s appointment Rauch returned to serving as deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s regulatory programs.
Oliver is a native of Rockport, Texas; he earned his bachelor’s in Business Management and master’s in Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University.