Here are just a snippet of marine conservation newsclips for this last week for you all to enjoy. We would benefit from hearing your thoughts on these issues…so chime in below!
The Wave Glider, a robotic ocean-monitoring device that can go anywhere on the sea for a year without recharging its battery, has attracted government agencies and private companies as an alternative to costly research vessels.
Sen. David Vitter to block another nominee over drilling, politico.com
Sen. David Vitter is renewing his practice of blocking votes on Obama administration nominees in order to force the Interior Department to hurry up and issue offshore drilling permits.
The Louisiana Republican Tuesday said he’ll place a hold on Dan Ashe, the nominee to head the Fish and Wildlife Service. He’s already blocking the nomination of Scott Doney to be chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, is seeking to block funding for the overhaul of major federal climate change research and monitoring programs.
PSU scientist assesses damage from Gulf Coast oil spill, centredaily.com
A team of Penn State researchers has been working for eight years to discover and characterize deep water coral sites in the Gulf of Mexico. That put them in an ideal position to be the first to monitor the impact of the April 20 blowout on coral life. They continue to lead expeditions to record coral damage from the spill that could ultimately be used in one of the biggest environmental lawsuits in history.
Congresswoman Bordallo Re-introduces Coral Reef Conservation Bill, pacificnewscenter.com
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has reintroduced a bill that would reauthorize and enhance the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. The legislation, H.R. 738, is entitled the Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2011.
Proposed Rise for Oceans’ Agency Budget as Satellite Costs Mount, sciencemag.org
Although 2012 budget documents for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) are still being vetted by the Department of Commerce and the White House, the big picture has emerged: NOAA’s expensive array of environmental satellite systems are hoping to receive the lion’s share of the president’s generous increase for the agency. But getting that requested hike through Congress won’t be easy.