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NOAA names a new regional administrator

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday named Michael Pentonyas its new regional fisheries administrator, succeeding John Bullard.

A New Jersey native, Pentony has worked for the federal agency since 2002, most recently as assistant regional administrator for the sustainable fisheries division, NOAA said in a news release. Pentony will begin his new post Jan. 22.

“Michael’s deep experience in every aspect of sustainable fisheries management, both commercial and recreational, positions him perfectly for this job,” NOAA Fisheries Director Chris Oliver said. “He is going to hit the ground running.”

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Pentony will head the agency’s regional office in Gloucester, which is responsible for managing about 100,000 square miles of the Northwest Atlantic. He will also oversee aspects of international fisheries conservation and management, NOAA said.

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Before joining NOAA, Pentony worked with the New England Fishery Management Council to protect marine habitats and the deep-sea red crab fishery.

He graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in environmental management. Pentony served for six years as an engineering project manager with the US Air Force.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.