For Immediate Release - December 13, 2012

AG Statement on the Departure of Administrator Lubchenco from NOAA

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley today issued the following statement regarding the announced departure of Administrator Jane Lubchenco from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The relationship between NOAA and the Massachusetts fishing industry has long been strained, and Administrator Lubchenco’s departure provides the opportunity for a fresh start,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said. “Increasing transparency around enforcement decisions and being open to more modern methods of stock assessment are two significant steps that I hope the next Administrator will take to help restore confidence in NOAA.” 

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