Regional Leadership

Barry Thom NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator

Barry is the Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region, a position he has held since 2016. As Regional Administrator, Barry is responsible for implementing NOAA Fisheries mandates under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act along the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California. Prior to this role, he was the Deputy Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region. 

Throughout his career, Barry has worked extensively on salmon recovery along the West Coast, including convening the Columbia Basin Partnership, a collaborative process to establish long-term goals for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. He is also a co-leader of the Puget Sound Federal Task Force. Barry has served as the U.S. Commissioner and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

Barry began his career as a research biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He joined NOAA in 2001. 

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

Regional Administrator

Barry Thom
Phone:  503.231.6266

Deputy Regional Administrator

Scott Rumsey
Phone:  503.872.2791

Associate Deputy Regional Administrator

Nicolle Hill
Phone: 206.526.4358