Brian Fredieu is a Policy Analyst in the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture. Brian leads legislative and regulatory initiatives in support of sustainable marine aquaculture development, and collaborates with NOAA regional staff, headquarters staff, and other federal agencies to improve regulatory processes for aquaculture projects. Brian has worked with NOAA since 2008, starting as a Presidential Management Fellow and eventually serving as the Program Coordinator for the Office of Aquaculture where he worked on aquaculture policy development as well as budgeting and strategic planning. Most recently, Brian was the Fishery Management Council Liaison for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries where he provided oversight and support for Council operations through the development of national policies, guidance and regulations, and was the liaison on issues of national importance between NOAA Fisheries leadership and the leadership of the eight Councils. He is a lawyer and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. During the course of his legal education, Brian clerked with the Department of Justice Environmental Defense Section and NOAA General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation. Brian earned a B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and earned his J.D. degree from Vermont Law School.