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New GARFO chief Michael Pentony takes the reins

GLOUCESTER, MA – The first thing that strikes you when talking to Michael Pentony is the depth of his knowledge of fisheries management – not that it should come as any surprise.

 As the new regional administrator at NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) – one of the nation’s five regional fisheries leaders – Pentony is responsible for managing the North Atlantic ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras, and the Great Lakes.

Pentony’s forte is his 12 years in the Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD) as a team supervisor at what was then called the Northeast Regional Office (NERO) and, more recently, serving four years as the assistant regional administrator for the SFD.

Pentony says his first goal is getting up to speed on a host of issues as he takes over the reins following John  Bullard’s recent retirement.

“I’m becoming more familiar with non-fisheries management issues – such as those in the protected resources division, habitat conservation…

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