Rich is currently employed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as a Senior Level Fisheries Policy Coordinator. In this capacity, he supervises a team of fishery managers and biologists responsible for managing and regulating Puget Sound shellfisheries, including Dungeness Crab.
He earned a BS degree in Fisheries Science from Humboldt State University and MS degree from Oregon State University. His graduate research at OSU focused on implementing field sampling and laboratory experiments to determine the impacts of a lethal microsporidian disease in the Oregon Dungeness Crab population.
Dungeness crab photo courtesy of USFWS
From 1988 to 1991, he lived on the coast of Ecuador working as a fisheries biologist and field station supervisor for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). His work in Ecuador was focused on quantifying incidental marine mammal mortalities during tuna fishing operations and developing methods to reduce such mortalities.
Rich also worked for several years as a Fisheries Biologist and research vessel pilot in the Alaskan Arctic.