Merry Christmas

Dr Jane Lubchenco

I have been too busy this fall to concentrate on this site but as the interest in fishing comes to a near standstill, I anticipate a more proactive part for Bob Hackem, (yours truly).

For all of you that voted for “Change” I would like you to know that the new head of The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, appointed by Obama, not only has views similar to the Pew Foundation, she has been an active member. Yes, the same Pew Foundation that wants to see an end to fishing as we know it but also want to see entire areas of the Atlantic Ocean off limits to any kind of activity, whether it be commercial or recreational. (see blog entry dated Feb. 5, 2008)

Everyone who enjoys fishing with friends and family should read the following from her resume and understand how this appointment will affect the future of fishing.

She served on the Pew Oceans Commission and now the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative (a merger of the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy). She is a Director or Trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaWeb and Environmental Defense; Trustee Emerita of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and a former Trustee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics and the World Resources Institute.

Jane has received numerous awards including a MacArthur (“genius”) Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment, the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, the 2004 Environmental Law Institute Award (the first scientist to receive this honor) and the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

Her husband is also a marine scientist, so I really don’t think a conversation around the dinner table would entertain

an opposing view when the subject of overfishing comes up.

Merry Christmas,

Hookem Hackem and my whole hackem family