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.


Elizabeth (Liz) ChiltonNational Observer Program Coordinator
Dennis HansfordObserver Safety Lead
Lee BenakaBycatch Lead
Brett AlgerElectronic Technologies Coordinator
Jane DiCosimoFisheries Science Branch Chief
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 Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1097
Phone: 508-495-2266Fax: 508-495-2258

Dan LuersPhone: 978-281-9122 x 6122
Greater Atlantic 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

Elizabeth Scott-Denton *SEFSC Representative 
NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
4700 Avenue U
Galveston, 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

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

Jonathan Wendland

USCG Representative

LCDR Brandon Fisher

USCG Coast Guard ( Liaison)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20593-7501
Phone: 202-372-1245

Keith HaggGC Representative
Briana DemaAlternate
NOAA General Counsel for Fisheries
1315 East-West Highway
Silver 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