Samuel D. Rauch III
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service
Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
Join NOAA Fisheries Director Sam Rauch to hear how the U.S. is making solid progress on ending overfishing while leading the way as a global model for sustainable fisheries. He will discuss recent milestones in federal fisheries including encouraging upward trends in the value and landings of U.S. fisheries and the use of adaptive management approaches to rebuild fisheries and support stable jobs in fishing communities across the nation.
Sam Rauch was appointed as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries on January 17, 2012. He oversees the management and conservation of marine fisheries and the protection of marine mammals, sea turtles and coastal fisheries habitat within the United States exclusive economic zone. The National Marine Fisheries Service protects and preserves the Nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, law enforcement, and habitat conservation.
His focus is on rebuilding the Nation's fisheries and the jobs and livelihoods that depend on them by promoting management approaches that will achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities. The agency's budget for fiscal year 2012 is $802.4 million and employs over 3,435 employees in 6 regions, 6 science centers and 12 laboratories in 15 states. The agency's headquarters is in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.
He has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs since June 2006. In that capacity he oversaw all of the agency's regulatory actions, including those to support protected resources, sustainable fisheries, and habitat conservation. From January 2004 to June 2006, Mr. Rauch served as the Assistant General Counsel for Fisheries where he supervised a team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff responsible for providing legal counsel to NOAA Fisheries. Prior to joining NOAA, he served as a trial attorney and the Assistant Section Chief for the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division for the United States Department of Justice.