Mr. Eugene Pangelinan is the new head of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) after his predecessor, Mr. Patrick Mackenzie, resigned from the Executive Director post to pursue other interests. Mr. Eugene Pangelinan brings to the executive directorship 26 years of NORMA experience and dedication.
As Execuitve Director, Mr. Pangelinan will take over responsibilities for the management of NORMA, the regulatory authority established to oversee the ocean resources within the FSM’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), including regulation of the deep sea fisheries activities and conservation measures within the FSM’s EEZ. The Executive Director works under the direction and guidance of a five -member board appointed by the president and confirmed by congress.
President Peter Christian expressed his appreciation of Mr. Pangelinan’s decision to accept the leadership helm of NORMA. “It was a difficult decision to make,” asid President Christian of Mr. Pangelinan, who was declared a candidate for the Pohnpei State Gubernatorial Election and had actually begun his campaign. “There may be good people out there who could become good at the business of running our most imporatant national asset, but there can’t be any missteps or lost-time in diligent management of NORMA. Mr Pangelinan is here. He knows the business, and I am glad he made the decision in favor of the Nation’s interest, and we thank him for that. We also thank his supporters.”