NOP Advisory Team

The National Observer Program Advisory Team (NOPAT) is comprised of representatives from each region and each headquarters office. The NOPAT functions to work with the National Observer Program staff to identify issues of national concern, to recommend or establish priorities for national research and problem solving, and to support information collection and program implementation.


Jane DiCosimoNational Observer Program Coordinator
Dennis Hansford 
Lee Benaka 
NMFS Office of Science and Technology
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-427-8100Fax: 301-713-1875

Regional Observer Programs
Chris Rilling *AFSC Representative206-526-4194
NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center
7600 Sand Point Way, NE Seattle, WA 98115-0070
Phone: 206-526-4195Fax: 206-526-4066

Alicia Miller
Alaska Region
PO Box 21668 Juneau, Alaska 99802-1668
Phone: 907-586-7228 x:7471Fax: 907-586-7249

Amy Sierra Martins *NEFSC Representative
NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
166 Water StreetWoods Hole, MA 02543-1097
Phone: 508-495-2266Fax: 508-495-2258

Aja SzumyloPhone: 978-281-9122 x 6122
Northeast Region
One Blackburn Drive Gloucester, MA 01930-2298
Phone: 978-281-9300Fax: 978-281-9333

Jon McVeigh *NWFSC Representative
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097
Phone: 206-302-2423Fax: 206-860-3394

Becky Renko(alternate)
NMFS Northwest Region
7600 Sand Point Way NESeattle, WA 98115-0070
Phone: 206-526-6110Fax: 206-526-6736

Elizabeth Scott-Denton *SEFSC Representative 
NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
4700 Avenue UGalveston, TX 77551-5997
Phone: 409-766-3571Fax: 409-766-3508

Jennifer LeeSER Representative
Andrew Herndon(alternate)
Southeast Region
9721 Executive Center Drive, N., ST. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone: 727-570-3507Fax:727-570-5300

John ChildersSWFSC Representative
NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, California 92037-1508
Phone: 858-546-7192Fax: 858-546-7003

Charles Villafana *WCR Representative
NMFS West Coast Region
501 West Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90802-4213
Phone: 562-980-4033Fax: 562-980-4047

Marti MccrackenPIFSC Representative

Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
2570 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822-2396


John Kelly *PIRO Representative
Pacific Island Region
1845 Wasp Blvd. Building 176, Honolulu, HI, 96818
Phone: 808-725-5100Fax: 808-725-5217

National Line Office Representatives
Kristy LongPR Representative
NMFS Office of Protected Resources
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-427-8402Fax: 301-713-0376

Carolyn Doherty
SF Representative
NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910Phone: 301-427-8562Fax: 301-713-1193

Jonathan Wendland

USCG Representative

LCDR Luke Slivinski

USCG Coast Guard ( Liaison)
8484 Georgia AvenueSilver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 202-647-3177Fax: 301-427-2047

Keith HaggGC Representative
NOAA General Counsel for Fisheries
1315 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-713-9689Fax: 301-713-0658

Robert Hogan 
NOAA General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-427-8283Fax: 301-427-2211

Todd DuboisOLE Representative
Jaclyn Smith(alternate)
NOAA Office for Law Enforcement
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 415
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-427-2300Fax:

* Observer Program manager