News clips November 6-11, 2009

National Ocean Policy

  • Economic Value of Alaska Waters Stressed by Begich during Oceans Subcommittee Hearing-Alaska

  • Will ocean task force benefit Lake Erie and Northeast Ohio? Maybe– Plain Dealer- About Cleveland NOP hearing on October 29th.

  • As oceans fall ill, Washington squabbles– St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Article about NOP interim report with quotes from congresswomen, Lubchenko, Sutley, and Thad Allen.
  • Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Ocean Governance (from The CSO Weekly Report- November 6):

    On November 4, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing, The Future of Ocean Governance: Building Our National Ocean Policy. Majority statements were made by John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV) and Maria Cantwell (WA). The hearing consisted of two panels, the first including: the Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chair, Council on Environmental Quality; the Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Honorable Thad Allen, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; and the Honorable Laura Davis, Associate Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior. The second panel consisted of: Mr. Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; Dr. Dennis Takashi-Kelso, Executive Vice President, The Ocean Conservancy; Mr. Matthew Paxton, Government Relations Counsel, Coastal Conservation Association; and Ms. Carolyn Elefant, Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition. To view the video webcast of the hearing:


  • Coral Reefs Inspire Rare Consensus — Just Save Them– Science Daily (press release); see also: Efforts to save reefs backedHonolulu Advertiser-Visitors and recreational ocean users who enjoy Hawaii’s coral reefs generally support whatever management is needed to protect them — even if it means closing off public access, according to a study by researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Oregon State University.

  • NOAA and TNC Partner to Preserve Coral Reefs (from The CSO Weekly Report- November 6):

    NOAA and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have entered into an agreement to protect the health of the nation’s valuable but increasingly vulnerable coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The four-year agreement will dedicate $3.6 million in NOAA funding and $3.6 million in matching funds from TNC to address the top three threats facing coral reef ecosystems: climate change, overfishing, and land-based sources of pollution. The agreement is the result of a competitive request for proposals issued by NOAA in late 2008. To read the full press release:


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