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Brad Barr

NOAA Marine Biologist


Brad Barr

Brad Barr
Without hesitation, the response from Brad Barr to the question "what is your passion in life" is "protecting marine and coastal ecosystems." Throughout his career, Brad has time and again demonstrated this passion. For nearly two decades, Brad has been actively engaged as a practitioner in the governmental side of the world of marine and coastal protected areas management and preservation. Receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Universities of Maine and Massachusetts, he worked for communities on the Maine coast and on Cape Cod, protecting wetlands and coastal embayments from the ravages of development gone out of control. As the Critical Areas Coordinator in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, he continued to preserve coastal wetlands and waters coast-wide, and was responsible for the designation of seven major Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, 34,000 acres in the coastal zone of Massachusetts. Most recently, he played a principal role in guiding the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary from concept into reality. He spent more than six years, as the Sanctuary Manager, striving to make the Sanctuary a marine protected area that provided real, tangible protection for this resource area of truly national significance. Throughout this time, he has also worked at the international level, principally on transboundary issues in the Gulf of Maine. He conceived, nurtured and obtained broad-based international agency support for an integrated system of marine protected areas in the Gulf of Maine. The system, when it is fully online, will be a model for distributed, multi-agency MPA networks in transboundary areas throughout the world. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Director of the US National Marine Sanctuary. He has published extensively in the area of ocean and coastal management.

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