The Obama administration released new guidelines that would make it easier to farm fish in federal waters, a move that could transform the nation’s coasts and the food Americans will consume in years to come.
During National Oceans Month, we celebrate the value of our oceans to American life and recognize the critical role they continue to play in our economic progress, national security, and natural heritage.
Today, the Obama Administration took another important step to implement the nation’s first comprehensive ocean policy by launching a series of events aimed at gathering public input from the communities and economies that depend on and care for our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.
“The Consortium for Ocean Leadership applauds Senators Whitehouse and Snowe for introducing S.973, a bill to establish a National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes (NEO),” said Robert B. Gagosian, President & CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
We know we cannot let our oceans go unprotected. Not only would it be a tragedy for the millions of marine species that rely on these precious ecosystems, but it could devastate our economy.
With coastal communities throughout the country struggling in this economy, and coastal ecosystems facing a barrage of environmental challenges, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today introduced legislation to protect our oceans and coasts, and the research, tourism, and fishing jobs they support.
Congress has been on recess for two weeks in April and will reconvene on May 2. However, a government shut-down was averted at the eleventh hour as President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Boehner (R-OH) reached a budget accord.
Under an unprecedented agreement, BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the largest agreement of its kind ever reached. These projects will begin to address impacts to natural resources caused by the Deepwater BP oil spill.
On the first anniversary of the BP oil well blowout, regional and national leaders urged Congress to hold BP accountable by passing legislation to dedicate BP’s Clean Water Act (CWA) fines to restoring the Gulf’s damaged environment and economy.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter is asking oil giant BP to put up cash now to help Louisiana with its restoration efforts after last year’s oil spill, rather than wait until a complex tally of what the company will owe is complete.