Sen. Scott Brown is calling on President Obama to fire the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying she's 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 has always 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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