Rob O'Reilly

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State Official, State of Virginia

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Mr. Rob O'Reilly serves as the designee to Mr. John Bull, Acting Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

Rob has been with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission since 1987, and was named Deputy Fisheries Chief in 1993.  He was named the Acting Chief of Fisheries Management on March 22, 2012 and Chief of Fisheries Management on June 18, 2012.

He is responsible for managing the state's saltwater fisheries, both finfish and shellfish, recreational and commercial.

His department sets the size, season and creel limits for a variety of saltwater species and creates management plans to achieve and maintain sustainable fisheries, working closely with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  His department also manages fisheries-related data, the state's oyster conservation replenishment program, extensive artificial reef system, water access projects and the popular Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which tracks and awards plaques for remarkable catches.

Rob earned a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, and a Master's Degree in Biology at Old Dominion University.  He lives in Gloucester with his wife, Sara, who is a registered nurse at the Army hospital at Fort Eustis.  He has two adult sons, who are both Army officers, and a daughter who is attending the University of Virginia.

He is an avid jogger, billiards player, and saltwater angler.



Steve Heins

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Designated Official, State of New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Bureau of Marine Resources

Mr. Stephen W. Heins serves as the designee to Mr. Jim Gilmore, Director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Marine Resources..

 Mr. Heins coordinates the marine finfish and crustacean programs for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.  He has been with the department since 1988.  He serves on ASMFC’s Management and Science Committee and NEAMAP Board.  He is a past Chair of ASMFC Artificial Reef Committee.  He serves as Director James Gilmore’s representative to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and sits on the following committees: Research Set-Aside; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish; Surf Clam, Ocean Quahog and Tilefish; Protected Resources; Demersal and Coastal Migratory; and Ad-hoc Atlantic Sturgeon.  Mr. Heins has a B.S. in Marine Science from Southampton College and an M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from the State University of New York.  He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.



Andrew Shiels

Designated Official, State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission 
Bureau of Fisheries, Director

Andrew Shiels is currently the Director of the Bureau of Fisheries for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). He was assigned to his current role on March 13, 2016. 

He began his career with the PFBC as an unpaid student intern in 1985 working on American Shad restoration.   Mr. Shiels has steadily moved up through the ranks of the agency first as a seasonal employee in the Shad program from 1986 to 1988.  Next, he held the position of Fisheries Technician in the Southcentral Region of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1993 where he assisted in the sampling and management of rivers, streams, lakes and the Juniata and middle Susquehanna River drainages. In 1993 he was promoted to Leader of the Nongame and Endangered Species Unit. While there, his major duties included management of nongame species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic macroinvertebrate species such as freshwater mussels. In 2002 he was promoted to Chief of the Fish Production Services Division. While in the Chief of Fish Production Services role, Mr. Shiels was the lead staff member on oversight of the American Shad restoration program and the PFBC’s lead negotiator during the license amendment for the Holtwood Hydroelectric Project and the relicensing of Conowingo, Muddy Run and York Haven hydroelectric facilities on the Susquehanna River. From 2002 to 2011 he was the PFBC’s representative to the Susquehanna River Anadromous Fish Restoration Cooperative (SRAFRC) Technical Committee.  In 2011, he was appointed to be Deputy Director for Field Operations from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Shiels has been the PFBC’s SRAFRC Policy Committee since 2011.

Mr. Shiels earned a B.S. Degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and an M.S. Degree in Biology from Shippensburg University in 1995. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional (#3239) with the American Fisheries Society.  He lives in the mountains of central Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys fishing, fly tying, hunting, running, and coaching and playing soccer. 


Andrew  L. Shiels
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
450 Robinson Lane
Bellefonte PA 16823


Chris Batsavage


Designated Official, State of North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development
Division of Marine Fisheries

Mr. Chris Batsavage serves as designee to Dr. Louis Daniel, Director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Mr. Batsavage serves as the Special Assistant for Councils and the Protected Resources Section Chief for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).  Mr. Batsavage began his career at NCDMF in 1998 as a Fisheries Technician at the Wanchese, NC Field Office.  As a Fisheries Biologist, he served as the lead biologist for southern flounder, and he represented NCDMF on the ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass, and the Spiny Dogfish technical committees. 

He received his B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, and his M.S. in Biology from East Carolina University.  Chris grew up in Leesburg, VA before attending college.  He lives in Morehead City, NC with his wife, Tina, and son, Sheldon. 



Thomas Baum

Designated Official, State of New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 
Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Marine Fisheries

Mr. Thomas Baum serves as designee to Mr. David Chanda, Director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Tom has been with the New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries since 1986, and recently was recently assigned as NJ’s State representative to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He has worked on several striped bass monitoring, restoration and compliance projects in addition to serving on several ASMFC technical committees and ACCSP Committees.

Tom earned his degree in Marine Science at The Richard Stockton College of NJ. His previous experience includes working for NMFS as a Foreign Fisheries Observer; a technician for the NJ Bureau of Shellfisheries; and for an Environmental Consultant assessing the impingement and entrainment effects of the cooling system for a NJ Power Plant. While at school, he interned as a technician, collecting and bleeding horseshoe crabs in order to produce Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate (LAL).

He lives in Egg Harbor Township (South Jersey) with his wife Jackie. They have three grown children; their son manages a local pizza shop, a daughter who is a NJ State Trooper, and another daughter who is attending Virginia Tech. Tom is an avid runner, bicyclist and saltwater angler.



Stewart Michels

Designated Official, State of Delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish & Wildlife

Mr. Stewart Michels serves as designee to Mr. David Saveikis, Director of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife.