Sam Rauch is now serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries and is responsible for overseeing NOAA's work with other countries to ensure that fish stocks are sustainably managed. He is also performing the duties of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, and serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs at NOAA Fisheries.
Mr. Rauch has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs since 2006, though taking a two-year reprieve from this role to oversee the agency’s core missions as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries from 2012 to 2013. In his deputy role, he oversees NOAA Fisheries' regulatory actions and programs, including those to support the conservation and recovery of marine mammals and endangered species; ensure economically and biologically sustainable fisheries; and promote habitat stewardship through restoration and conservation. Coordination of the NOAA Fisheries' aquaculture activities and outreach, and the agency’s National Environmental Policy Act programs are also under his purview. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Fisheries where he supervised a team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff responsible for providing legal counsel to NOAA Fisheries.
Prior to joining NOAA, Mr. Rauch served as a trial attorney and the Assistant Section Chief for the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Rauch holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, an M.S. from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has also received many honors during his career, including NOAA General Counsel Awards (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010); Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002); and Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2007), Bronze Medal (2011), and the Presidential Rank Award (2011).