STATEMENT: CAP’s Conathan on NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco’s Tenure

Washington, D.C. — As NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco announced today that she will step down from her position next February, the Center for American Progress released the following statement from Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy:

Jane Lubchenco’s tenure as NOAA administrator has proven the value of having an ocean scientist at the helm of our nation’s preeminent ocean science agency—something that has not always been the case. She has achieved tremendous success in the face of stark adversity, balancing the need to respond to environmental crises—most notably the 2010 BP oil spill—with implementing ongoing mandates like the legislative requirement to end overfishing, all while dealing with an ongoing budget crisis. Her successor will inherit a leaner, more efficient agency poised to meet our greatest ocean challenges from climate change and weather prediction to ongoing management of our invaluable marine resources.

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