ANCHORAGE - James Balsiger has been named the acting director of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
As part of his job, he will be required to direct federal scientists and regulators responsible for managing commercial and recreational ocean fishing, as well as the protection of marine mammals, sea turtles and their habitat.
Balsiger takes over for former director Bill Hogarth, who retired in December.
Balsiger has been regional administrator for NMFS's Alaska region in Juneau since 2000. He will be relocating to Silver Spring, Md.
His previous positions included regional science and research director for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
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