DNR deputy secretary to head National Marine Fisheries Service
| Eric Schwab
Eric Schwab, the deputy secretary of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, will be taking the helm of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Schwab, has spent the 23 years with the DNR, he will begin his new job this week as assistant administrator for fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco noted Schwab’s “experience and proven leadership” and said he would bring “fresh perspective” to NOAA’s effort to rebuild the nation’s fisheries and the livelihoods that depend on them.
There are always going to be battles, but I think with the team I’m going to be joining, and the new Magnuson (federal fisheries management) Act, it should be an interesting time and some opportunities to make some progress.”
Schwab started at DNR in 1983 as a natural resources police officer and left in 2003 to work for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, a national group in Washington. He rejoined DNR as deputy secretary in 2007. He will be paid $150,000 at NOAA.