"Ding Dong! The Witch is dead!"
Area fishermen — those few that are left, that is — must be dancing around like the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" after finding out that the hated Jane Lubchenco would finally be leaving as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Her four-year reign as chief administrator of the department that regulates commercial fishing was marked by scandal over law enforcement and by lawsuits over fishery management and ended with a national fishery disaster declaration by the U.S. Commerce Department in September.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.