WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seafood development and aquaculture production policy will have a new nationwide leader, as the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Dr. Michael Rubino as its Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy.
Rubino, according to the NOAA Fisheries announcement, will help develop markets for U.S. fisheries products and help expand the country’s domestic aquaculture production. He is specifically tasked with establishing partnerships with fishermen, government agencies, scientists, seafood companies, seafood farmers and tribal leaders to expand aquaculture production and adopt sustainable aquaculture practices. Creating new markets for U.S. wild-caught fisheries will also be on Rubino’s agenda.
Part of Rubino’s job will call for him to work with NOAA researchers and the private sector to innovate new aquaculture science and technology.
He will also have to “work with U.S. domestic commercial and wild-capture fishing corporations to evaluate what products and services they need from the government in order to increase their contribution to the economy,” according to NOAA Fisheries staff.
“Dr. Rubino is well known inside and outside the agency for his leadership, initiative, and ability to develop partnerships that support our national goals of seafood production and sound science,” NOAA Fisheries staff said in a released statement.
Rubino’s appointment as the Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy means he will leave his role as director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture, a position held since 2011. He developed the National Shellfish Initiative, USDA-NOAA Alternative Feeds Initiative and new science tools for aquaculture management, among other things.
The new seafood advisor for NOAA Fisheries also worked with World Bank and co-founded an aquaculture R&D firm in South Carolina. Rubino earned his PhD in natural resources from the University of Michigan.