Samuel Pooley

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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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Dr. Samuel G. Pooley earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii with a dissertation on macroeconomic decision-making, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Birmingham in England. He began working in 1981 at what was then the Southwest Fisheries Science Center‟s Honolulu Laboratory (HL), later the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center. During his career with NMFS, he served in many roles including acting Regional Administrator, acting chief scientists, and finally Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director for 10 years. Dr. Pooley retired in 2014 and currently lives on Oahu, Hawaii after decades of fisheries research in the Pacific Islands region.

Interview contains discussions of: National Marine Fisheries Service [NMFS], Pelagic Fisheries Research Program [PFRP], development of the tuna fishery, aku boat, longline, hand line, and small boat fisheries in Hawaii, the HL faculty fellowship program, and Hawaii's ethnic and economic diversity.  

Dr. Pooley provides a detailed description of his work as an economist in Hawaii fisheries research and management.

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