Obama pick for NOAA chief praised by conservationists

Oregon State University Marine Biology professor Jane Lubchenco has been chosen to head up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the incoming Obama administration. Lubchenco is being hailed by conservationists as a world-class scientist. Lubchenco has criticized NOAA in the past for not working more aggressively to stop over fishing.

Dr. Jeff Short spent 30 years with NOAA before joining the Juneau branch of the conservation organization Oceana. Dr. Short is a chemist. He says Lubchenco is a highly-qualified and appropriate candidate for helping NOAA overcome problems it’s had with carrying out its mission.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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