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BDN Op-Ed: Maine lobstermen see the fragility of our environment. We know the need for clean air, water.

In an op-ed published in the Bangor Daily News, one retired lobsterman reflects on the industry and the need for us to be stewards of the ocean and the environment. … More Info »

Congress’ Chance to Improve its Standing on Ocean Management

Congress is now considering the final version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that contains two significant ocean provisions. The first is the National Endowment for the Oceans, a bi-partisan effort to set up an endowment supporting work by state, regional, tribal and federal entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Also in the debate is a rider to the WRDA bill, which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from any implementation of the National Ocean Policy. … More Info »

Why fishermen should care about the National Ocean Policy

As I gaze appreciatively out on the harbor this morning, I must remind myself that I sat down to write about some things that are happening in Washington that might forever change the character of life here in Friendship. The connections between the two places, at least in my thoughts today, are the budgetary battles in Washington over whether to restrict funding for the implementation of the National Ocean Policy and the important regional ocean planning efforts that should soon follow. … More Info »