Paul Doremus takes over as acting head of NOAA Fisheries after Chris Oliver departs


Paul Doremus has taken over as acting assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries following the departure of Chris Oliver, who had served as NOAA Fisheries’ assistant administrator since June 2017.

Doremus has worked at NOAA for the past 16 years, including as chief strategy officer from 2005 to 2011, assistant secretary for conservation and management from 2017 to 2018, and chief of strategy and operations, as well as lead for seafood production and aquaculture from 2011 until his recent promotion.

Oliver, the former executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, was a political appointee, and resigned during the transfer of power between former U.S. President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, who was inaugurated 20 January.

“It has been the greatest honor in my professional career to serve in this role as the NOAA assistant administrator for fisheries,” Oliver wrote in an email sent to his NOAA Fisheries coworkers. “The final year of my tenure has been unprecedented for both the industry and the agency. 2020 has been extremely challenging for all of us and there may be more months of struggle ahead, but I believe we can finally see a light at the end of this tunnel.”

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