President Park Geun-hye has nominated Saenuri Party lawmaker Lee Ju-young as the new minister of oceans and fisheries.
Lee, a four-time lawmaker, served as the chairman of the National Assembly's policy committee and is currently heading the ruling party's Youido Institute.
Despite his limited experience with maritime and fisheries issues the presidential office said. Lee has been tapped thanks to his knowledge of overall state affairs.
The nomination comes less than a week after the former minister, Yoon Jin-sook was sacked for making inappropriate comments about a recent oil spill in waters off Korea's southern coast.