Directorate staff manages and supports the overall objectives and mission of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology.

Some of the Office Director’s primary roles include the following:

  • NOAA Fisheries Science Board Lead
  • Ecosystem Goal Team Lead
  • Member of the NOAA Fisheries Executive Board

Roles and Responsibilities of the Directorate Staff Include:

International Science : The Office of Science and Technology supports international living marine resource negotiation, organizations and policy coordination, with an emphasis on the contributions of NMFS science to these processes.

Fisheries Science Quality Assurance: Provides coordination of NOAA Fisheries activities regarding the implementation of the Data Quality Act (DQA, also known as the Information Quality Act). Specifically, S&T Directorate staff chairs a network of DQA contacts from the Regions, Centers, and Headquarters to ensure timely communication and consistent application of DQA implementation policies and procedures. S&T Directorate staff also coordinates the development of NOAA Fisheries response to DQA requests for correction of information disseminated by NOAA Fisheries.

Enterprise Data Management: Sound enterprise data management practices are critical in ensuring a solid base for information management and dissemination. ST provides leadership in NOAA Fisheries enterprise data management and continues playing an essential role in the NOAA EDM team.

Ships and Aircraft: Coordinates NOAA Fisheries activities to obtain ship and aircraft support.

Clients and Partners

The principal client and partner of the Office of Science and Technology is NOAA Fisheries, its Offices and Boards, and the six Regional Offices and Science Centers. In addition, the Office serves and coordinates with:

  • NOAA and other Federal agencies,
  • States, Interstate Commissions, and local agencies that deal with the conservation and management of living marine resources,
  • Academic institutions,
  • International scientific and management organizations,
  • Fishing and related industries, and
  • Environmental, conservation, and other non-governmental organizations and public interest groups.


The Office of Science and Technology provides:

  • Leadership and management for activities related to the NOAA Fisheries Science Board.
  • Coordination of scientific activities within the Agency.
  • Development of quality assurance processes (e.g., national science quality peer review protocols).
  • Coordination of international scientific activities such as scientific bilateral agreements.
  • Participation in international scientific organizations.
  • Monitoring of global trends in fisheries.
  • Production of NOAA Fisheries scientific publications.
  • Design and implementation of data collection programs and derivation, analyses, and dissemination of subsequent information and related products.
  • The oversight role for nation-wide fisheries statistics and economics.


There are more than 100 legislative instruments under which NOAA Fisheries operates and receives its management authority. These include the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. These statutes require that NOAA Fisheries base its resource conservation and management decisions on sound scientific information.