Steve de Blois joined NOAA Fisheries in August 1990. He first worked with the Northwest Region's Marine Mammal Exemption Program. In June 1991, he joined the acoustics program at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, where he helped conduct echo integration-trawl surveys to determine the distribution and abundance of walleye pollock in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and of Pacific hake off the United States/Canada West Coast. He joined the FRAM acoustics team in July 2002. Steve has also worked as a marine mammal observer aboard Japanese high-seas drift net boats and as a fishery observer aboard Japanese stern trawlers. He earned a B.S in biology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in biology from Humboldt State University. He is an an AMSEA-trained Marine Safety Instructor.
As a member of FRAM's acoustics team, Steve focuses on database and software development and application of fishery acoustic techniques to evaluate and improve fish stock assessment.