National Policy

New Face at NOAA Fisheries

New assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries Eileen Sobeck. Photo: NOAA

NOAA Fisheries has a new leader. Eileen Sobeck, who has served 30 years in the Interior Dept., Dept. of Justice, and NOAA’s general counsel office, was appointed Wednesday as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

A release from NOAA said Sobeck will be “taking the helm from Samuel Rauch, who has served as acting assistant administrator since 2012. Rauch will return to his previous position as deputy assistant administrator for Regulatory Programs.”

“Since the beginning of her career, Eileen has sought to strike a balance in management of natural resources to ensure sustainable uses while protecting and preserving our marine ecosystems for future generations,” said acting NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan.

NOAA’s release gave these highlights of Sobeck’s career: NOAA Office of General Counsel from 1979-1984; U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division from 1984-2009; deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior since 2009.

The release also included this fascinating tidbit:

“She also has the honor of having a species of Pacific nudibranch, Hallaxa hileenae, named for her.”

That’s a sea slug, in case you’re wondering. And here it is.


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