Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
There would be no better way for NOAA to apologize to Northeast fishermen for years of targeted, excessive punitive fees than by punishing the man in charge of overseeing those retaliatory measures.
I simply cannot fathom how the leadership of this agency can justify not even suspending or demoting Andrew Cohen, but instead sliding him into another 6-figure job that is conveniently located at his "duty station in Gloucester," Mass., according to the Gloucester Times.
Removing him from his duties overseeing enforcement in the Northeast was the least they could do. But allowing him to continue his career unfettered is a slap in the face of not just New England fishermen but the American system as a whole.
It is a proclamation that the government protects its staff (no matter how heinous their behavior or, at very least, negligent their oversight) before it protects its constituents.
If it were a business, NOAA would be folding.
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