NFI Welcomes NOAA’s New National Marine Fisheries Service Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver

June 20, 2017— The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) welcomes Chris Oliver as the new head of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS.) Mr. Oliver most recently served as Executive Director of the Alaska-based North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.  Oliver brings a high level of experience to this vital position.

It is important to have someone with a strong fisheries background and a genuine understanding of how the industry works at the helm.  In addition to nearly 3 decades of experience with NOAA, Oliver holds a degree in business management and an advanced degree in fisheries sciences.

NFI looks forward to working with the new Assistant Administrator to ensure NOAA continues to base its decision making on sound science and works to more compellingly communicate its sustainability successes. NOAA’s oversight is in and of itself a success story and no one knows that better than Chris Oliver.  Americans are ready to hear more about the ongoing success of domestic fisheries.

John Connelly
National Fisheries Institute

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