NOAA Aquaculture Program Appointments

Lorenzo Juarez will join the NOAA Aquaculture Program as Deputy Manager in September; David O'Brien will become International Coordinator; Brian Fredieu has joined the program full time as the new Program and Management Analyst

August 19, 2010

NOAA Aquaculture Program Appointments

Lorenzo Juarez will join the NOAA Aquaculture Program as Deputy Manager in September. Mr. Juarez will provide the day-to-day management of the program office. Active in commercial marine aquaculture and research since 1983, Mr. Juarez has extensive experience in the husbandry, management, and policy aspects of aquaculture. He has worked for several large shrimp aquaculture companies, most recently as general manager of an international shrimp breeding company based in Florida. He also served as President of the World Aquaculture Society from 2008 to 2009.  He has taught courses in aquaculture at the Florida Keys Community College in Key West, Florida and at the Universidad Marista in Yucatan, Mexico.  He is the author of three book chapters, 15 peer-reviewed articles, and numerous conference presentations publications in trade magazines.  He has a B.S. from Monterrey Technical Institute, Mexico and a Masters of Aquaculture from Auburn University.

David O'Brien to become NOAA Aquaculture Program International Coordinator

David O'Brien has been the NOAA Aquaculture Program Coordinator since joining the Program in 2006.  Over the next several months, he will transition from his current role to assume responsibilities as the Program's first International Coordinator.  As a much needed complement to the Program's domestic activities, Mr. O'Brien will manage a broad portfolio related to international marine aquaculture management and research activities including working with international partners to exchange information and develop guidelines on sustainable marine aquaculture practices, coordinating exchanges between scientists in the U.S. and abroad, and taking part in the oversight of international treaty obligations. He will work closely with the NOAA Office of International Affairs, the U.S. State Department, other federal agencies, and foreign counterparts to support NOAA's international interests related to marine aquaculture.  A fishery biologist by training, Mr. O'Brien worked for two years as an aquaculture extension agent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa prior to joining NOAA in 2000.  Mr. O'Brien has an M.S. in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.

NOAA Aquaculture Program hires a Program & Management Analyst

Brian Fredieu, who has been working with the NOAA Aquaculture Program as a President Management Fellow since 2008, joined the program full time as the new Program and Management Analyst. Mr. Fredieu will work on policy and regulatory initiatives as well as coordinate long-term strategic planning and budget activities. During Mr. Fredieu's fellowship, he served on developmental assignments with the National Sea Grant Law Center and NOAA General Counsel for Fisheries.  Additionally, during the course of his legal education, he clerked with the Department of Justice Environmental Defense Section and NOAA General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation. Mr. Fredieu holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX), earned his law degree (J.D.) with Vermont Law School, and he is admitted to practice with the Maryland Bar.

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