Tag Archives: NOAA

Recent Hearing with the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee

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
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Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!

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
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Senate Approves FY12 Funding for NOAA and other Government spending!

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
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CJS Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor!

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
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Members of Congress Discuss Marine Debris!

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
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Oceans Caught in the Undertow of the Wave of Debt

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
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Way to go, Congressman Farr!

The following article can also be found on the website of Congressman Sam Farr (Democrat – 17th district of California). His efforts yesterday have made a huge difference, and we here at Marine Conservation Institute are very appreciative! We hope everyone will voice support for Congressman Farr’s amendment to the House Commerce, Justice, & Science
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