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 Massachusetts lawmakers. 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.
That may be unfair. A Harvard-educated environmental scientist, Lubchenco was a highly qualified leader whose often-well-reasoned policies were undermined by a notable lack of political savvy.