National Fisherman

NOAA’s strategic management has received a scathing review in the most recent survey of federal worker satisfaction, and the agency’s overall standing among its employees declined for the fifth consecutive year in which the survey has been conducted.
The survey, conducted by The Partnership for Public Service, ranked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at No. 157 out of the 300 federal agency subcomponents, with an employee satisfaction index score of 58.5 out of 100. Subcomponents are agencies within large agencies — such as NOAA within the Department of Commerce — and must have at least 100 full-time permanent employees to participate in the survey.
NOAA’s index score, which represents employee satisfaction with an agency’s overall performance, represents a decline of 5.1 points from 2012 and an 11.9-point fall from 2009, when NOAA ranked among the very best places to work within the federal government.
The 2013 survey results paint a very different picture than that of 2009, showing declines in the employee satisfaction score in every one of the 13 categories but Alternative Work and Employee Support Programs. The score in that category rose to 74.4 from 73.2 in 2012 but still left the agency ranked 27th among the 47 federal agencies with comparable programs.
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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