Regional Leadership

The West Coast Region is led by Regional Administrator, William Stelle, and Deputy Regional Administrator, Barry Thom. Together, the region leadership administers fisheries, endangered species, and marine mammal programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.

NOAA Fisheries is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, enforcement, and habitat conservation. The West Coast Region of NOAA Fisheries administers fisheries programs along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California; and in the vast inland habitats of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California

Our organization includes 3 program offices – Protected Species, Sustainable Fisheries and Operations, Management and Information, for coast-wide program coherency; and four area offices to focus on geographic-based implementation.  

We work to conserve, protect, and manage salmon and marine mammals under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, and sustainably manage West Coast fisheries as guided by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act. To achieve this mission and advance sound stewardship of these resources, we work closely with Native American Tribes, local, state and Federal agencies, our stakeholders, and partners to find science-based solutions to complex ecological issues.

Regional Administrator

Will Stelle

Phone:  206.526.6150


Deputy Regional Administrator

Barry Thom

Phone:  503.231.6266


Associate Deputy Regional Administrator

Donna Darm

Phone: 206.526.4489


Communications & External Affairs

Katherine Cheney

Phone: 503.231.6730