Via Marianas Variety
"Placement on the NOAA inventory means that the agency has determined that the nomination successfully met numerous criteria, including ecological, historical, cultural and archaeological significance; economic uses; need for conservation and management of threatened resources; and broad-based community support."
"The Republican who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has teamed up with a congresswoman from American Samoa to lobby President Donald Trump to open all marine monuments, including those in the Hawaii area, to commercial fishing."
"Fishers gave two main reasons for poaching: their belief that there would be higher catches in reserves and that the probability of detection was low. This suggests that extolling certain ecological benefits of reserves in places where enforcement is limited could actually encourage poaching. We suggest that increasing the perceived risk of detection (i.e. naming and shaming offenders, or publicizing new detection technologies such as drones or night vision) may help to stem the rising tide of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef."
"Unfortunately with the stroke of his pen, President Obama ignored a viable alternative developed with stakeholders and unnecessarily cordoned off vital acreage for fishing communities off the coast of Cape Cod.
In his written testimony, Mayor Mitchell pointed out inherently flawed issues in the monument designation process: “It lacks sufficient amounts of all the ingredients that good policy-making requires: scientific rigor, direct industry input, transparency, and a deliberate pace that allows adequate time and space for review,” Mitchell wrote."
"On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10:00 am in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee will hold a one-panel oversight hearing on “Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries.”"
Via Seafood Source
"Elected representatives in Congress and industry groups are appealing to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to investigate the potential of removing marine monument designations made by Trump’s predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush."
"Unhappy that a Connecticut-sized area off the coast of New England has become a commercial-fishing-free zone, lobstermen and other groups are asking a federal judge to find that President Barack Obama lacked the authority to designate the nation’s first marine monument."