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September 15, 2009

NOAA taps Kurkul predecessor for key post

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has tapped Professor Andrew Rosenberg, a environmental activist and business executive based at the University of New Hampshire, to advise the White House on marine spatial planning or zoning.

The contract was not announced by NOAA, but in response to questions, NOAA spokesman Scott Smulllen said in an e-mail that "Andy will be on a small NOAA contract through the university 'til the end of the year. He will serve 20 to 40 percent of his work week as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality working on Ocean Policy Task Force issues."

Smullen declined to respond to requests for a copy or terms of the contract.

In a telephone interview, Rosenberg said NOAA will reimburse the university for the 20 percent of the time he spends advising the Ocean Policy Task Force, which was created by President Obama in June to develop "a recommendation for a national policy (to ensure) protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes."

Featuring Lubchenco as a member, the task force has moving around the nation holding public meetings. One will be held in San Fransisco on Thursday and in Providence on Sept. 24. Webcasts can be viewed live at: http://www.cal-span.org/ (2:30-6 p.m. from San Fransisco, 4-7 p.m. from Providence).

Best known in New England as the Northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the late 1990s — and predecessor to current, Gloucester-based regional NMFS chief Patricia Kurkul — Rosenberg is also president of MRAG Americas Inc., an environmental consulting company.

Rosenberg has been a major figure in New England Fisheries issues for many years, with a reputation within the fishing community as an environmental hardliner.

"He's very Pew," said one industry veteran, referring to the Pew Environment Group. Rosenberg serves on the advisory committee for the Pew Fellows Program.

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