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Fisheries and Protected Resources Section

The Fisheries and Protected Resources Section provides legal counsel to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the federal agency responsible for managing and sustaining most living marine resources and their habitat in U.S. waters. Section lawyers work on substantive and procedural laws relating to living marine resources, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. 

There are three divisions: Protected Resources and Habitat, Sustainable Fisheries, and Finance and Management. Within these divisions there are sixteen attorneys, one paralegal and two support staff. Adam Issenberg is the Section Chief and he is supported by three Deputy Section Chiefs: Caroline Park (Sustainable Fisheries), Mark Hodor (Protected Resources and Habitat),and Leila Afzal (Finance and Management).

Contact Information

Fisheries and Protected Resources Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC-3, Room 15115
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301/713-2231
Fax: 301/713-0658