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NOAA Aquaculture Program Hires Juarez as Deputy Manager


Lorenzo Juarez
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We are happy to announce that Lorenzo Juarez will join NOAA's Aquaculture Program as Deputy Manager in September 2010. 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. Mr. Juarez 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.  Mr. Juarez has a B.S. from Monterrey Technical Institute, Mexico and a Masters of Aquaculture from Auburn University.

O'Brien to Take on International Coordination

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.

Fredieu Named New Program and Management Analyst

Brian Fredieu, who has been working with the NOAA Aquaculture Program as a President Management Fellow since 2008, has joined us full time as our new Program and Management Analyst. Mr. Fredieu works on policy and regulatory initiatives as well as coordinating 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.

Registration Open for IMTA Workshop in Port Angeles, September 14-15

The Pacific Aquaculture Caucus is organizing the first-ever U.S. workshop to explore Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture on September 14-15, 2010, at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. The workshop is limited to the first 150 registrants. The fee for the workshop is $25. For more information and to register, click here.

Aquaculture America Deadline for Abstract Submission Extended to September 30

The abstract submission deadline for the World Aquaculture Society's Aquaculture America 2011 conference has been extended to September 30. For more information, click here.

39th UJNR Meeting Set for October 24-30 in Japan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Japanese National Research Institute of Aquaculture have been working together since 1971 to enhance the development of freshwater and marine aquaculture. From October 24-30, the US-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UNJR) will host its 39th meeting and symposium in Kagoshima, Japan. The primary focus for this meeting will be to discuss the vision each nation has for aquaculture development in the future and discover where there are common themes. For more information concerning the symposium and field trip, contact Dr. Michael Rust at NOAA's Northwest Fishery Science Center.