NOAA administrator to leave in Feb

12 Dec 2012
Jane Lubchenco will leave NOAA in February

Jane Lubchenco will leave NOAA in February

Dr Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator, has written a letter to NOAA staff announcing that she will be leaving the organisation in February.

In the letter she says that the reason for her decision is to return to her family and academia on the West Coast.

She also lists what she believes are NOAA’s top 20 achievements since she has been part of the organisation, of which fishing and aquaculture related achievements include:

  • Ending over-fishing, rebuilding depleted stocks, and returning fishing to profitability
  • Levelling the playing field for fishermen by reforming international fishery management organisations with the adoption of management measures in line with scientific advice and with strengthened compliance and enforcement tools, and by reducing IUU fishing
  • Creating NOAA's first Aquaculture Policy and a National Shellfish Initiative and using science to ameliorate short-term impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish
  • Streamlining regulations to save taxpayers time and money and improve efficiency, for example in fisheries regulations and shellfish aquaculture permitting
  • Strengthening NOAA's fishery enforcement program by implementing policy, oversight, personnel and procedural changes to increase effectiveness and transparency

Ms Lubchenco says that she is delighted with these achievements, big and small.

“I am well aware of how much work lies ahead. But because I have experienced your impressive talent and your deep-felt dedication to our mission, I am confident that you will continue to tackle problems and devise creative solutions. I'm proud to have been part of your mission,” she said in her letter to staff.

Ms Lubchenco joined NOAA in 2009 and led the federal government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Her successor has not yet been announced.

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