July 3, 2012 -- A former New Bedford mayor has been tapped by the U.S. Department of
Commerce to take over as the Northeast regional administrator for the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine
Fisheries Service, based out of Gloucester's Blackburn Industrial Park.
John K. Bullard was appointed Monday by Samuel Rauch,
the Commerce Department's deputy assistant administrator for fisheries,
out of NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
In his new post, Bullard, who served as New Bedford's
mayor from 1986 through 1992, will step into the position held
previously by Patricia Kurkul, who stepped aside in December.
The Gloucester-based regional headquarters regulates
America's East Coast fisheries from Maine though the Carolinas. In his
announcement naming Bullard, Rauch noted that the office works with
coastal states from North Carolina to Maine, two fishery management
councils, the fishing industry and other stakeholders "to manage federal
commercial and recreational fisheries, marine mammals, habitat, and
"He will also oversee critical aspects of international fisheries conservation and management in the region," Rauch aid.
Rauch said he hopes Bullard's appointment will bring "a
renewed spirit and forward momentum to the Northeast Regional Office as
he strives to balance NOAA's multiple missions in a historically
significant and dynamic region. "
"Mr. Bullard has the right leadership skills and
experience for the job," said Rauch. "His long history of bringing
people with diverse perspectives together to reach common goals will
serve him well in his new position. His efforts will continue to
strengthen NOAA's partnerships with fishing communities as we work
together to build an economically vibrant and sustainable future."
A native of New Bedford, Bullard joined NOAA Fisheries
following his retirement at the end of June as president of
Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association, a nonprofit education
organization headquartered in Woods Hole. The association, known as SEA,
teaches college students and others about the science and culture of
the sea through a 12-week "sea semester" that combines on-campus studies
in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies with sailing
and research aboard one of the organization's tall ships in the Atlantic
Prior to joining SEA, Bullard served on Chancellor Jean
MacCormack's senior staff at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
From 1993 to 1998, Bullard was a member of the Clinton
administration in Washington, D.C., where he led NOAA's first federal
Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs.
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