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New deputy director of NOAA Fisheries Science Centre. Nicole Cabana has been named deputy director of NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Centre. She assumed her new duties on April 27.

“As a NOAA Corps officer I got to do a lot of awesome things to enable science through operations,” Cabana says. “Now I can do it by addressing things that are not directly tied to executing field science, but are just as important because they support the people who do that work.”

Cabana was a NOAA Corps officer for 20 years, and retired in 2020 at the rank of Commander. She has been a deck officer on NOAA research ships and a scientific diver. For the majority of her career she was an aircraft pilot. Cabana flew research aircraft on missions from the Arctic to the equator, conducting mammal research, atmospheric research, and coastal mapping.

“Nicole’s 20-year NOAA Corps career is impressive and her commitment to people and operations is what the Centre needs,” said Jon Hare, the centre’s science and research director. “I am really excited to have her as our deputy director.”

Cabana will be stationed at the NOAA Fisheries laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

About NOAA Fisheries Science Centre

The Northeast Fisheries Science Centere (NEFSC) is the research arm of NOAA Fisheries in the region.

The Centre plans, develops, and manages a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research to:

  1. better understand living marine resources of the Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, and the habitat quality essential for their existence and continued productivity, and
  2. describe and provide to management, industry, and the public, options for the conservation and utilization of living marine resources, and for the restoration and maintenance of marine environmental quality.