NOAA hires oceanographer to oversee international fisheries


Kelly Kryc, an oceanographer who recently worked as a senior researcher for energy and the environment with the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, has been selected as NOAA’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries.

In his new role, Kryc “will engage in the high-level development and coordination of NOAA’s international fisheries policy and bilateral and multilateral fisheries meetings with foreign countries and will advance key US priorities- United to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, ”NOAA said in a statement.

His appointment was effective yesterday.

“Dr. Kryc brings a well-rounded perspective to addressing the complex challenges associated with international fisheries – from food and economic security to the sustainability of shared marine resources and the impacts of climate change – and I look forward to Kelly’s leadership. while NOAA works with partners to strengthen fisheries management practices internationally, ”said Rick Spinrad, administrator of NOAA.

Kryc previously worked for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the State Department, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Department of the Interior. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Science in the Public Interest program at Georgetown University, where she teaches science policy.

“As an oceanologist, I am honored to serve the Biden administration at NOAA and to have been entrusted with this important role on behalf of the ocean and those who depend on it,” Kryc said.

Kryc holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from Boston University, an MA in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and a BS in Geology and Marine Sciences from Middlebury College in Vermont.


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