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NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 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 leads resource research programs specific to living marine ecology and resources generally identified within the region and adjacent waters in which the research facilities are located. In addition, the Director leads research in fixed facilities, and oversees research carried out onboard vessels at sea. The executive plans, develops, and manages multidisciplinary research programs necessary to provide scientific information to regional fishery management councils and protected species recovery teams. The outcomes of the research support international, national, and regional National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) programs and provide information to various user groups. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing scientific policies and information on living marine resources to help provide advice related to domestic and international conservation, utilization, and treaty requirements in the Western Pacific Ocean.
  • Providing scientific advice on the conservation of NOAAs trust species to NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office managers, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific Scientific Review Groups, Biological Review Teams, and others entities as necessary.
  • Planning research to improve NOAAs understanding of the relationships between living marine resource, the chemical, physical, and biological conditions to which they are exposed, and coastal communities which depend upon these resources.
  • Leading surveys to monitor, assess, and predict the abundance and distribution of living marine resources.
  • Directing socio-economic studies of coastal community resilience with special consideration of the impacts of NOAA regulatory activities.
  • Leading the development of new tools and analytic methods related to the conservation of coastal communities, fisheries, protected species, and their habitats.
  • Fostering cooperative relationships with other NOAA Line Offices, Federal and State agencies, tribal organizations, academic institutions (notably NOAAs Cooperative Institutes and Sea Grant programs), and other nongovernment organizations (both industry and environmental).
  • Provide advice to NOAA Fisheries leadership through participation on the Fisheries Science Board, Leadership Council, and other relevant bodies.
  • Provide Congressional advice, briefings, and testimony on the status of living marine resources and marine science in the Western Pacific region.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Some travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.