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By Doug Olander

WALKING INTO A CAGE OF HUNGRY LIONS; paddling a kayak into 30-foot Bering seas; crawling blindfolded across a New York freeway at rush hour — any of these would probably lie easier than assuming the mantle of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) chief just now. It's hard to in federal waters), and has served

imagine any federal-government position more red-hot and fraught with pitfalls, or potentially more thankless, than that of assistant administrator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. That, by the way, is the lofty title for the top dude at NMFS.

And it's now the title belonging to Eric Schwaab.

Who?

His name isn't likely to ring a bell outside Maryland, where Schwaab lias spent must of his 25 years in resource management.

Critics were quick to jump on that obscurity and, indeed, depending on how one wants to administer the spin, it could l>e a blessing or a curse. The latter comes into play if you figure this job requires a well-known name with the visibility that years of federal work at high levels would provide. Rut obscurity may be a blessing for someone not the proverbial "political insider," thus lacking a federal track record that may be so much baggage.

NOAA head Jane Lubchenco announced the long-awaited new hire in mid-Februaiy when Schwaab was serving as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Schwaab has some experience in marine fisheries, including a stint as director of Maryland's Fisheries Service. He has been involved in working with issues of importance to both marine resources and anglers over the years, notably in the 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (that governs fisheries as a member of the Department of Commerce's Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. For the most part, however, he has worked in the broader area of managing natural resources.

The inside word among most recreational-fisheries groups was that Schwaab probably represents a small ray of .sunshine for anglers, who've had little to smile about so far from the current NOAA regime.

Commercial interests, at least those who commented initially, took a more jaded view. One Northeast newspaper, not surprisingly, called Schwaab's appointment "an arrogant slap to the face of fishing industry" [sic], A cynical view might be to consider such criticism, given its source, as a hopeful sign for recreational groups concerned with the health of the resource.

Much of the bitter rhetoric from the commercial side stems from its failure to secure the appointment of the candidate it was pushing hard, Brian Rothschild, who heads up marine sciences at the University of Massachusetts. The veiv fact that the seafood industry desperately wanted Rothschild sent up red flags among many conservation groups as well as some recreational interests, though clearly he has a strong scientific background.

In any event, the choice is made. And by the time this issue is out, Schwaab will be feeling the heat in an incredibly challenging position. Leading NMFS would be tough in the best of times, but right now the hurdles seem gargantuan, as issues grow increasingly complex and difficult to son out and tempers flare in the face of federal law requiring the closure of many fisheries assessed by federal scientists as overfished.

Lubchénco has stated tliat Schwaab's "immediate priorities include improving outreach and relationships with recreational and commercial fishermen, better aligning federal and regional fisheries priorities, restoring confidence in fisheries law enforcement and promoting management approaches that will achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities."

Saying that's a tall order is akin to calling Jaws a large minnow. I doubt Sisyphus ( the Gteek king doomed by the gods to forever push a large rock up a hill) would Ix; in a hurry to trade places.

What I find particularly discouraging in all this is tliat the new NMFS director takes the agency reins in an atmosphere of unprecedented alienation and hostility on the pair of his user-constituents, an atmosphere that has, in fact, proliferated under the tenure of Lubchenco since her appointment by President Obama. The unfortunate Mr. Schwaab will pay the price of many months heavy on lip service from NOAA and light on meaningful action in dealings with fishermen, both recreational and commercial.

Pretty ironic considering that, just before she began her NOAA position, Lubchenco told The New York Times that she understood stakeholders would need to overcome a legacy of bitterness and distrust, "It really is pretty dysfunctional," she said. If anything, that legacy of bitterness and distrust has only increased, it seems to me.

So back to you, Mr. Schwaab. I wish you the very best of luck. If seems entirely fair to say no NMFS chief has ever encountered challenges on the level you face — nor has any NMFS chief more desperately needed to succeed at re-establishing trust and communication among the agency's constituents, P

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Travis has always done it the hard way. You are only now really starting on one hell of a trip. You know what it means to lose what you had. Now you must get it back. 1 hope you get all the way back to what you once were. However, if you don't, please don't lose your drive.

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Travis and I can joke about everything, including his problem. It only becomes a problem when we let it become one, which is never. There is always a way.

Come on down to Texas. The Big E in Freeport won't let me join them on 60-hour tuna trips without Travis, who, by the way, is employed by Reliant Energy as a customer-service rep and drives his own custom van with hand controls.

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