National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced Wednesday that she is leaving NOAA in two months, and some of her local critics said that this will be a chance to truly repair the agency in the eyes of the fishing industry.

Lubchenco's nearly four years at the helm of the department that regulates commercial fishing were filled with friction, controversy and lawsuits over fishery management.

"Her resignation marks the end of four of the most trying years that commercial fishing have ever experienced," Mayor Jon Mitchell told The Standard-Times.

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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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