Earlier this week, we reached a troubling milestone as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the Arctic atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm). Increased atmospheric CO2 has a devastating effect on our ocean ecosystems. As the chief regulator of climate, the ocean acts as a “carbon sink,” absorbing more than a quarter of the CO2humans … Continue reading As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans
In 2009, President George W. Bush designated three marine monuments in the central Pacific – totaling over 193,000 square miles – to be protected. The three protected areas include the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (see map below). … Continue reading Protecting the Pacific Marine Monuments
Today, Marine Conservation Institute, along with many environmental organizations, released their federal budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013. Working with many partners, Marine Conservation developed the recommendations for funding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute and many other marine conservation organizations argue that … Continue reading
On December 1, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing regarding several bills aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA for short, was originally passed in 1976, and its goal was to prevent overfishing and effectively manage fish stocks in the US by creating regional fishery … Continue reading Recent Hearing with the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee
As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute argues that drastically cutting funds for vital ocean and coastal conservation programs is NOT the answer to our nation’s financial woes. By conserving our ecosystems, we are investing in our future. Congress is currently determining the fiscal fate for the National Oceanic and … Continue reading Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!
Yesterday, the US Senate approved the combined FY12 Appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, and Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The combination of 3 appropriations bills is being called a “minibus” (an omnibus is when all appropriations bills are combined; as this includes 3 bills, it’s a … Continue reading Senate Approves FY12 Funding for NOAA and other Government spending!
As early as today, the Senate is scheduled to take up three appropriation bills in a collective package. Marine Conservation Institute is paying particular attention to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, as it allocates funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Tell your Senators TODAY that you support funding at enacted … Continue reading CJS Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor!
Marine Conservation Institute wanted to highlight this article from the National Ocean Service: $36.8 Million to Help Restore Natural Resources Injured by Cosco Busan Oil Spill State and federal trustee agencies will use most of the funds from a $36.8 million settlement of natural resource damages to restore natural resources injured by the Nov. 7, … Continue reading News in Marine Conservation
We know how frustrating it can be watching Congress fail to get anything done. But some things are moving! Stuff is happening on Capitol Hill! Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing regarding operations and efficiencies for the US Coast Guard (USCG). While this may not seem applicable to … Continue reading Members of Congress Discuss Marine Debris!
Last week the House Committee on Appropriations met to mark-up and vote on Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce. By the end of the week, major cuts had to be made, and these cuts greatly impact our oceans. We need to speak up and ask for … Continue reading Oceans Caught in the Undertow of the Wave of Debt