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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 7

Happy World Ocean’s Day!
Take a look at what we’ve been reading this week:

  • The federal government got poor grades for ocean policy this week from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI). Among the reasons was the fact that Congress continues to block the Obama administration’s National Ocean Policy work from moving forward. However, JOCI gave states an A- for stepping up while the national government stalls.
  • A mermaid “mockumentary” on Animal Planet revealed that some people think these mythical creatures truly exist, which inspired a blog from Southern Fried Science on how little most people know about the ocean.
  • New research from MIT on how yeast populations react to environmental stress could be used to help fishery managers monitor behavior of fish populations.
  • The environmental and health risks of imported shrimp makes us want to stick to our local Northern shrimp from the Gulf of Maine.


2 Responses to Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 7

  • Henry Hauch says:

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    Though on face value the National Oceans Policy seems a good idea, unfortionatly is is very poorly planned, particularry in the funding, or rather lack of. The assignment of duties to other agencies with no funding direction is a recipe for disastor, but seemingly the status-quo in DC! With wide ranging powers, limited accountability, and no determination of how this would all get paid for, what choice was there? Really the NOP’s duties are already part of other government agencies responsabilities, so rather than fiscal responsability and smaller governmemt, we have quite the opposite. Perhaps they should try fixing the existing broken problems before adding another huge beaurocratic quagmire to the pile?

    • Peter Shelley (CLF) says:

      What is poorly planned, or rather unplanned, is the current situation where each agency involved with the ocean is authorized to develop and advance their programs in sublime obliviousness to the impacts on other programs and often with extraordinary duplication. Does each agency really have to develop its own data base about the potentially affected marine resources against which to gauge the impacts of a proposed activity that is being permitted? Fishermen in New England were disturbed that the Cape Wind project proceeded without sufficient consultation of their fishing interests. If Captain Hauch is representative, fishermen are now upset that an initiative like the National Ocean Policy would require such consultations at an early stage. This nation can and must do better with its allocation of scarce marine and agency resources. The National Ocean Policy is a big step in that direction.

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