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Chris Hayes

Christopher Hayes

Resource Evaluation and Assessment
Social Sciences
Office: (240) 723-6329
Email: chris.hayes@noaa.gov

Christopher Hayes


Chris is modeling fisher reporting behavior in the New England groundfish fishery. The model will be used to test different levels of observer coverage, economic incentives, enforcement, and cooperation to evaluate progress towards policy goals.

As a NOAA LCDP participant, Chris completed rotations this year as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Commerce and Policy Director for the National Ocean Service. He has also recently served as Deputy Director of NOAA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and a Diversity Consultant for NOAA’s Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights. His permanent assignment is Legislative Affairs Specialist at NOAA headquarters.

Chris was a Sea Grant Fellow in 2008 with NMFS. Post-fellowship, he was a Fisheries Data Coordinator at the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, then held several positions at the National Sea Grant Office, including Program Officer and Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship Manager, and he was named an OAR Employee of the Year and awarded the NOAA Administrator’s Award.

Chris is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland in Fisheries Science with an emphasis on decision sciences. Chris earned an M.S. in Fisheries Science at Virginia Tech, funded through the NMFS Recruiting, Training, and Research (RTR) Unit, after earning a B.S. in Ecology at the University of Georgia. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications