Regional Leadership

Barry Thom NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator

Barry Thom is the Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region.

He has worked extensively on salmon recovery in the Columbia River basin and West Coast, including convening the Columbia Basin Partnership, a collaborative process to establish long-term goals for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead and managing the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.  

Barry is also the U.S. Commissioner to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). In this role, he serves as head of the U.S. delegation and lead U.S. negotiator responsible for the formulation of U.S. positions related to potential resolutions for tuna and tuna-like species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

From 2009-2010, he served as Acting Regional Administrator for the former Northwest Region of NOAA Fisheries, during which time the West Coast Trawl Catch Share fishery was developed.  Prior to that, Barry was the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Northwest Region.  He became Deputy of the newly merged West Coast Region in 2013.

Barry began his career as a research biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and moved to NOAA Fisheries in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2001. While in Silver Spring he served on the Pacific Salmon team and as the Protected Species program coordinator within the Office of Protected Resources. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2006.

Barry earned a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington in 1997 and a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University in 1992.

Regional Administrator

Barry Thom
Phone:  503.231.6266

Deputy Regional Administrator

Scott Rumsey
Phone:  503.872.2791

Associate Deputy Regional Administrator

Nicolle Hill (acting)
Phone: 206.526.4358