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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 4

President Obama addresses the 112th Congress, which concluded this week. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  • The end of the 112th Congress also saw the departure of ME Senator Olympia Snowe, MA Senator Scott Brown, and MA Congressman Barney Frank, among others, all of whom have been heavily involved with fisheries issues in recent years. On his departure, Frank heavily criticized some environmentalists and expressed disdain for the ten-year rebuilding requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, calling them arbitrary and harmful. He also criticized outgoing NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and expressed concern for the future of the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. Frank is also reportedly seeking an interim assignment to John Kerry’s Senate seat.

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