MacDonald Named as Superintendent
of NOAAs Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank
National Marine Sanctuary
Anne Smrcina, 781-545-8026, ext. 204
McDonald has been selected as Superintendent of the Gerry E. Studds
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is one
of 12 marine sanctuaries administered by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) National Ocean Service.
"I look forward to working with all sanctuary community members
when I begin in September," said McDonald.
native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, MacDonald received his undergraduate
degree in fishery management from the University of Maine and
his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Hawaii. He
has been the Chief of the Ocean Resources Branch with the State
of Hawaii working with the entire cross section of ocean users
on issues including marine mammal protection, whale watching,
fishery management and maritime shipping for the past 15 years.
brings to the sanctuary program strong marine management experience
coupled with broad knowledge and understanding of the programs
intricate operations," said Ted I. Lillestolen, Deputy Assistant
Administrator of NOAAs National Ocean Service. "He is committed
to involving the community and the stakeholder groups in the protection
of marine resources."
about 25 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, the sanctuary is
positioned at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, an area bathed in
nutrient-rich water from the Gulf of Maine. Stellwagen Bank is
a highly productive area for marine mammals and is a premier location
for whale watching which is major reason why the 842-square miles
in Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was
established in 1992.