Michael Carrier has been appointed assistant regional director for Fishery Resources in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Director Robyn Thorson announced this week.
Carrier is currently coordinator of the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a partnership of state and federal agencies, tribes, universities and others stretching from southeast Alaska to northern California. He assumes his new position May 16 but will also continue his duties as the LCC’s coordinator until the end of May to ensure a smooth transition.
“This is a critical time for fisheries conservation,” Thorson said, “and the Service and all our partners will benefit from Mike’s proven leadership skills and cooperative approaches.”
Carrier will lead the daily operation of the fisheries program and the implementation of its strategic plan. The fishery program is a network of 25 field stations with about 260 employees in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii. The network includes 15 national fish hatcheries producing approximately 60 million salmon and steelhead each year, three fish health centers, two fish and wildlife offices, three fisheries resources offices, the Service’s largest fish technology center and a Lower Snake River Compensation Program office. The Lower Snake Compensation Program office administers the production program and funds the operation of 26 state and tribal hatchery, research and fish health facilities using money generated by the Bonneville Power Administration's sale of hydroelectric power.
In addition, the regional fisheries program actively promotes fish habitat restoration and in FY 2010 reconnected over 125 miles of stream and reopened fish passage to 762 acres of estuary. It is a leader in the prevention, detection, and management of aquatic invasive species.
Carrier said he feels “immensely grateful” to be given the opportunity to lead the region’s fisheries program.
“The dedicated professionals of Fishery Resources reflect the finest values embodied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Carrier said. “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to join them as they provide leadership in habitat conservation and a viable fishery that enriches the lives of our citizens.”
Prior to his job as coordinator of the cooperative, Carrier was Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s principal adviser on natural resource and environmental issues from 2004 to 2010. Before that he was director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for four years. Prior to moving to Oregon, he served in a variety of management positions for natural resource agencies in Iowa and Indiana.
Carrier has a master’s degree in natural resources from Ball State University and bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Western Michigan University.