National Fisherman

The word that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s strategic management has drawn scathing reviews in a new survey assessing federal worker satisfaction should come as no surprise.

By all appearances, NOAA has no meaningful national leadership since last February’s overdue exit by then-administrator Jane Lubchenco, whose willful destruction of the fishing industry through her catch share policies and other actions helped plunge New England’s diminishing fleet and the Northeast groundfishing industry into the economic disaster that even her own Department of Commerce recognized in September 2012.

But while we’d all like to think these in-house employee survey grades — the fifth straight year NOAA’s workplace satisfaction ratings have declined — might bring some changes for the many good and dedicated employees the agency truly has, no one should hold his or her breath.

That’s based on the statement last week by NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen — who responded to word of the survey results by citing NOAA’s “unique and diverse” mission, and suggested that the agency’s current course is just fine. “We strive to put mission first and people always, and are constantly looking for ways to improve opportunities for our workforce,” he said.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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