The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration appointed Andrew Rosenberg, an environmental activist and University of New Hampshire professor, to advise the White House on marine spatial planning or zoning.
Rosenberg will serve as an adviser for the Ocean Policy Task Force, which was created in June by President Obama to develop "a recommendation for a national policy (to ensure) protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes," according to a report from the Gloucester Daily Times.
The task force is holding public meetings around the nation, including one Thursday in San Francisco and another Sept. 24 in Providence, R.I. Click here to view webcasts.
Best known in New England as the Northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the late 1990s, Rosenberg is also president of MRAG Americas, an environmental consulting company. He has been a major figure in New England fisheries issues for many years, with a reputation within the fishing community as an environmental hardliner, the newspaper reports.