Paul has over thirty-five years of experience as a professional fish biologist conducting work throughout the Columbia basin as well as in other anadromous waterways within the state of Washington, and in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Canada. His established skill set includes: designing, implementing, and presenting the results of aquatic research, monitoring, and evaluation projects; ability to supervise field, laboratory, and office staff; technical project oversight and review; grant and proposal writing; sub-basin planning; technical report writing and oral presentation; budget and project management; database management; coordination with federal, state (and provincial), and local government agencies and tribal groups in the U.S. and in Canada as well as with public organizations and media; Endangered Species Act compliance and permitting; adult and juvenile Salmonid passage facility design review, operation, and assessment; and habitat assessment and restoration.
He has been responsible for supervising large scale fish marking programs utilizing Floy tags, coded wire tags, fin clips, and freeze brands for a variety of scientific studies. He has extensive experience in handling and sampling juvenile Salmonids which has included responsibility for training both state and federal employees in Salmonid identification and safe handling procedures. Paul has reviewed design specifications, operated, and evaluated juvenile collection systems at mainstem hydro-electric projects. He has developed and conducted adult salmonid fallback studies at mainstem hydroelectric projects which included operation of both juvenile and adult passage facilities. He has been responsible for the development of specific fish injury assessment criteria and has worked extensively evaluating sources of fish injury at fish collection facilities. He has been responsible for securing both federal and state permits to conduct fish sampling in the waters of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Recent work includes leading habitat restoration, reviewing, development, and implementation of aquatic habitat restoration projects, coordination of environmental compliance requirements, oversight of subcontractor personnel, and budget development and management. Other recent work includes assisting in the groundwater sampling program and conducting salmon and steelhead redd surveys throughout the Hanford Reach and providing data management and quality control services in support of the BP Oil Spill.
Paul currently serves as the EAS Fisheries Program Manager. His Primary responsibilities include supervision and management of Task Orders issued through the NOAA ProTech Fisheries Domain contract. Specific work includes development of proposals, work plans, and contract and task order progress reports, coordination and supervision of technical staff subcontractors, personnel training, and budget management. Through the NOAA ProTech contract, Paul oversees technical support services which EAS provides for the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division (MMTD)and the Fisheries Resource Division (FRD) of the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center as well as Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)and Endangered Species Act
(ESA) technical support services for the NOAA Fisheries California Coastal Office. Mr. Wagner is also chiefly responsible for Fisheries Program business development with other federal, state, private and tribal clients.
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