John Katchenago, LTJG


John is a junior officer with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and reported to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in November, 2016. John works as the sanctuary's Unit Diving Supervisor, and is also a member of the Key Largo office science team where he supports science operations. He came to the sanctuary following a two-and-a-half-year assignment as Navigation Officer aboard the NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker. The ship’s primary objective is to support fish, marine mammal, and seabird surveys, as well as a variety of oceanographic projects off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

John graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Zoology and a Certificate in American Indian Studies. He developed an interest in fisheries and fish behavior while in his senior year, which led him toward becoming a North Pacific Fisheries observer working aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska from 2008-2012. Prior to joining NOAA Corps in 2014, John was a dive Instructor working for Dive Oahu, Inc. in Honolulu, HI.