NOAA - Ecosystem Goal Team - To protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management
David O'Brien has served as the Program Coordinator for the NOAA Aquaculture Program in Silver Spring, Maryland, since 2006. He coordinates budget and planning activities within the program. A fishery biologist by training, Mr. O'Brien worked for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources for six years before joining the Aquaculture Program. His prior activities include conducting fisheries research at the University of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania State University, and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He also served as a NOAA Sea Grant fellow and worked as an aquaculture extension agent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. Mr. O'Brien has an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Maryland.