Thomas Nies has been named the new executive director of the New England Fishery Management Council.
Nies replaces Captain Paul Howard who is retiring on Mar. 1, after 16 years in the position.
Nies was selected by the council’s 18 voting members on Jan. 28.
"I think the council was lucky to have a strong slate of candidates for this position. We know that Tom will do a great job supporting the council's work and bring ideas to help improve the process,” said council chairman Rip Cunningham.
Nies graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1976, with a BS in Mathematics and holds an MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University.
During his 21-year cost guard career he focused on at-sea law enforcement. He has logged over ten years of at-sea duty, culminating in being appointed commanding officer of the U.S.C.G.C. Spencer based in Boston.