NOAA Fisheries Picks New Regional Administrator

Michael Pentony has been named the new Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.

BARNSTABLE – NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Massachusetts has a new regional administrator.

Michael Pentony has been picked to replace John Bullard, who is retiring.

Pentony has held several positions within the agency since 2002, including assistant regional administrator for the Sustainable Fisheries Division since 2014.

He assumes his new duties January 22.

“Michael’s deep experience in every aspect of sustainable fisheries management, both commercial and recreational, positions him perfectly for this job,” said Chris Oliver, the director of NOAA Fisheries. “He is going to hit the ground running.”

Pentony will head the regional office which manages about 100,000 square miles of the Northwest Atlantic – a large ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras and the Great Lakes.

The office works closely with two fishery management councils, the states, the fishing industry and other stakeholders to manage federal commercial and recreational fisheries, marine mammals, habitat and more.

As administrator, he will also oversee critical aspects of international fisheries conservation and management in the region.

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