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NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate.
Under this mission, the goal is to optimize the benefits of living marine resources to the Nation through sound science and management. This requires a balancing of multiple public needs and interests in the sustainable benefits and use of living marine resources, without compromising the long-term biological integrity of coastal and marine ecosystems.
Many factors, both natural and human-related, affect the status of fish stocks, protected species and ecosystems. Although these factors cannot all be controlled, available scientific and management tools enable the agency to have a strong influence on many of them. Maintaining and improving the health and productivity of these species is the heart of our stewardship mission. These activities will maintain and enhance current and future opportunities for the sustainable use of living marine resources as well as the health and biodiversity of their ecosystems.
The Director, International Affairs and Seafood Inspection coordinates policies to bi-lateral and multi-lateral formal and informal agreements concerning international fisheries management, protected resources management, habitat conservation and management and related underlying science issues and recommends United States positions with respect to participation and contribution to international cooperative marine resources activities. The Director supports capacity building in other nations to develop and implement integrated marine resources management through the provision of expertise from the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), other federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. It provides liaison with the Department of State and other agencies and non-governmental organizations concerned with marine resources issues for conducting international relations of the Administration.
The Director’s responsibilities consist of working with NMFS programs in planning, coordinating, and directing NMFS international programs, and carrying out tasks of special interest related to international activities. The incumbent exercises a Federal leadership role in establishing policies, guidelines, and procedures for NMFS special interest international programs including international and regional management arrangements; bilateral consultative agreements; scientific organizations and councils; and, other international arrangements of interest to NMFS.
The Director’s duties also consists of overseeing the activities of the Seafood Inspection Program assuring compliance with administrative procedures and guidelines and representing the organization in daily communication with a variety of federal, State, and public organizations and customers. The Director provides principal advisory services in matters pertaining to the administration and technical operation of seafood inspection services and oversight. Seafood Inspection services include:
- Establishing Sanitation Inspection
- System and Process Audits
- Product Inspection and Grading
- Product Lot Inspection
- Laboratory Analysis
- Export Certification
The Director coordinates these activities by establishing goals and objectives; setting programs standards; carrying out budget analyses and recommendations; monitoring program progress; evaluating the use of resources; and, interacting with NOAA and NMFS executives, high level officials of other agencies, state authorities, representatives of foreign governments, and concerned domestic and foreign industries/non-governmental organizations. The responsibilities of the incumbent require strategies that are national and international in scope, and have high public visibility, interest, concern, and receive frequent attention by NMFS leadership, the NOAA Administrator, Congress, and other high-level Administration officials.