Doug Christel joined NOAA Fisheries in 2002 as a fishery management specialist in the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office's Sustainable Fisheries Division. Since then, he has served as a fishery policy analyst managing many of the Atlantic fisheries, including the surfclam/ocean quahog, tilefish, groundfish, monkfish, and squid/mackerel/butterfish fisheries. Doug spent four years as a U.S. delegate to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization helping to manage international fisheries and reinitiate U.S. fishing operations on the Grand Banks. Starting in 2016, Doug has served as the fisheries lead for the Greater Atlantic Regional Wind Team, juggling both fisheries management and wind development responsibilities. Following a six-month rotation with the Greater Atlantic Region's HESD, Doug officially joined HESD permanently in December 2021 focusing all of his efforts on fisheries issues related to offshore wind development. In his spare time, Doug loves hiking, soccer, kayaking, coaching, working on tall ships, and spending time with friends and family.