Marine Fish Conservation Network Congratulates New NOAA Fisheries Lead Chris Oliver

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Arlington, VA – Robert C. Vandermark, executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, released the following statement welcoming Chris Oliver to his new position as Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with approval from the White House, appointed Oliver to the position on June 19.

“The Marine Fish Conservation Network welcomes and congratulates Chris Oliver in his appointment to lead NOAA Fisheries. With Mr. Oliver’s experience leading the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and his background in marine biology, we look forward to NOAA Fisheries under his leadership continuing to champion the science-based management that has led to healthier oceans and more productive fisheries over the past decade. As the only national organization representing the interests and voices of commercial and recreational fishermen, conservation organizations, aquaria, and marine science groups, we are ready to continue working closely with NOAA Fisheries as Mr. Oliver advances our nation’s federal fisheries management policies and helps America’s working waterfronts and coastal communities endure and thrive for future generations.”


The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and robust fishing communities. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@marinefishcons).