Jane Lubchenco’s resignation as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency responsible for regulating the fishing industry, was greeted with bipartisan celebration by the Massachusetts congressional delegation that has long vilified her as a zealot. Republican Senator Scott Brown said good riddance to her “job-killing” limits on fishing. Democratic Representative John Tierney, whose North Shore district includes Gloucester, said he “welcomed” the resignation. “Our fishing community has suffered,” he said. Now that Lubchenco’s critics have gotten their way, the question is whether NOAA can build a two-way street between the scientific research community and the long-suffering Northeast groundfishing industry.
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