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December 13, 2012

NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco to Leave Position in February

Lubchenco cites decision to return to her family and academia.

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), plans to step down from her position in February, citing family reasons.

"My home and family are on the West Coast," she said in a letter to NOAA staff. "As wonderful as Skype is for staying in touch, it is not a viable long-term arrangement." 

In her letter Lubchenco listed a number of achievements during her tenure including: "ending over-fishing, rebuilding depleted stocks, and returning fishing to profitability; creating the first National Ocean Policy; reforming international fishery management organizations; and by creating a saltwater sport fishing summit,  developing a recreational fishing action agenda." 

But for whatever good she may have done, many recreational anglers across the U.S. will likely remember her for what they're calling a "trail of destruction."

What are your thoughts? How will you remember Jane Lubchenco's 4-year run as director of NOAA? Add your comments below.