Eric C. Schwaab

Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration








On January 17, 2012, Eric C. Schwaab was appointed as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He previously served as the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries for NOAA since February 2010.

As Acting Assistant Secretary, he will drive the policy and program direction for NOAA’s stewardship responsibilities, including ocean resource management, coastal management and protected resources.  Working closely with the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Mr. Schwaab will ensure the effective integration of activities, information, products and services across NOAA.

As the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, he focused on rebuilding the Nation’s fisheries stocks, ending overfishing, enhancing protection of endangered species, marine mammals and sea turtles and improving aquatic habitat conditions on which these resources depend.  He led efforts with the regional fishery management councils and the fishing industry to establish annual catch limits for all commercial fisheries, and to protect the jobs and livelihoods that depend on our nation’s fisheries by promoting management approaches that achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities.

Eric has close to 30 years of experience in a variety of local, state and federal natural resource management positions.  He has spent the majority of his career at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he began as a natural resources police law enforcement officer in 1983.  During this time, he served as director of the Maryland Forest Service; director of the Maryland Forest, Wildlife and Heritage Service; and director of the Maryland Fisheries Service.  In 2003, he left the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to serve as resource director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies until 2007.  He then returned to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the agency’s Deputy Secretary.  He also served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee from 2005-2010.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from McDaniel College and a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning from Towson University.