Donna Wieting

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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Donna Wieting currently serves as the Director of the Office for Protective Resources at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. She has a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Marine Science from Louisiana State University. She has been at the agency since 1989 in various roles. 

Interview contains discussion of: Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, consultations, regional vs. national responsibilities, authorizations, public education and communication, advances in science and how it impacts her office's work, cooperation with stakeholders, Take Reduction Team, inter-agency collaboration, international collaboration, Sea Grant Fellows, North Atlantic Right whale and shipping speed regulations; monk seals, white abalone, environmental intelligence, partnership building to leverage capabilities.

Donna Wieting provides a detailed account of her work including how NOAA co-manages the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She also discusses her work with various fisheries, the Magnuson-Stevens Act and its' impact on the work of the office, working with related environmental organizations and agencies, government, academics, and lawyers.

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