director of NOAA Fisheries introduced himself to the press Tuesday morning with
a nationwide conference call. Eric Schwaab was named the assistant
administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service by NOAA Administrator
Jane Lubchenco late last week.
recently Schwaab has been the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of
Natural Resources, an agency he's been with since 1983, when he started as a
wildlife enforcement officer. He has also served on the Mid Atlantic Fishery
Management Council, which is comparable to the North Pacific council, which
manages federal fisheries off Alaska.
-- (Schwaab 1 32 sec "Obviously
my top ...all around the country.")
catch shares as an important means for achieving management goals, but added
that they are not a one-size-fits-all solution.
-- (Schwaab 2 36 sec "I'm
not in a position today ... loss of a lot of fishing jobs.")
say catch shares can result in the consolidation of fisheries and job loss for
added that as long as processor quota shares remain a legal tool for regional
fisheries councils to use, they will be considered when appropriate. In certain
fisheries, a processor share guarantees processing companies a portion of the
catch, forcing fishermen to deliver to them instead of the processor that pays
be a rally of commercial and recreational fishermen on the steps of the U.S.
Capital next week, including some Alaskans. Schwaab says he will likely attend:
-- (Schwaab 3 28 sec "I'll
be seeking opportunity ... take advantage of that.")
fisherman Arne Fuglvog had been an early contender for the NOAA Fisheries job,
along with Brian Rothschild, a fisheries scientist in Massachusetts. But as the
process wore on over the past year, Fuglvog withdrew his name form
consideration to focus on his job as fisheries advisor to Senator Lisa