Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Panelist-The Incredible Groundfish Recovery: A Case Study
Will Stelle is Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region, and has held the position since October 2013. In 2010 he was appointed (for the second time) the Northwest Regional Administrator, and had also served in the same capacity in the 1990s, during the first round of listings of pacific salmon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). During his tenure, the Northwest Region formulated the basic architecture of the ESA salmon program for NOAA Fisheries, partnering with a variety of state and Tribal governments and the private sector. Prior to joining NOAA, Stelle worked in the White House, for the Secretary of Interior, and served as Chief Counsel for the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the General Counsel for the Fish and Wildlife Subcommittee, and as staff counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He graduated from the University of Maine and the University of Washington law schools with a J.D. and LL.M. in marine law, and also studied international marine law at Dalhausie Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.