Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Mr. Drew Lawler as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries. His official start is today, September 17, 2018.
As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, Mr. Lawler will engage in high-level development and coordination of NOAA international fisheries policy and fisheries bilateral meetings with foreign nations, along with miscellaneous external activities and meetings as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and NOAA deem appropriate. He will provide general policy guidance on various aspects of NOAA’s international fisheries work, such as sustainable management of fisheries, the protection of marine resources, and supporting the export of U.S. fisheries products.
“I am pleased to announce Drew Lawler as NOAA’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries,” said Mr. Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries. “Drew understands the importance of global management of our oceans and the significance of sustainable fisheries for the seafood industry and the greater economic vitality.”
Mr. Lawler’s career in international trade began 30 years ago when he launched the first of three magazines to help U.S. companies grow their exports and global footprint. As publisher and CEO for these magazines, his business travels took him throughout Europe and Asia as he established networks for worldwide distribution. In addition, Mr. Lawler was a publisher for a saltwater sportfishing magazine for 15 years, and he launched a saltwater fishing trade show that is now in its tenth year. Concurrently, Mr. Lawler’s interest in agriculture led him to launch a media company that serves America’s cattle ranchers.
Mr. Lawler is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in public relations from the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. He has served on a number of boards and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Northrise University in Zambia.