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Massachusetts senator says NOAA head should be fired

Elise Amendola | AP
Elise Amendola | AP
U.S. Sens. Scott Brown (left), R-Mass., and John Kerry, D-Mass., listen to Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, during a hearing at the Statehouse in Boston on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, regarding the state of the Massachusetts fishing industry.
The Associated Press

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is calling on President Obama to fire the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying she has worsened the fishing industry’s problems.

Brown said Saturday in a press conference at the Gloucester waterfront that Obama should replace Jane Lubchenco.

In a statement, Brown said Lubchenco was indifferent to the industry’s struggles and wrongly committed to a new management system he says is destroying fishing jobs.

Brown joins Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney and North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, who last year called for Lubchenco’s dismissal.

A NOAA spokesman said Lubchenco always has sought success for fishermen and wants to partner with them to build a profitable industry. He pointed to NOAA’s commitment this week of millions to fund required on-board catch observers, a cost fishermen had worried they’d have to absorb.


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