"Three days before the tech leader’s July 15 visit to Glacier, research ecologist Daniel Fagre said he was told that his scheduled tour with Zuckerberg of Logan Pass on the Continental Divide was off."
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"Interstate fishing managers say a row with an appointee of President Donald Trump’s administration over the regulation of flounder fishing off New Jersey jeopardizes conservation of marine species all along the East Coast."
Via Coastal Point
"Meanwhile, the seismic testing must be done to even determine the best places for drilling. Seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of compressed air — one of the loudest manmade sounds. During testing, the blasts constantly pierce the ocean floor and reflect back up to help ships create a map of likely oil reserves in the Atlantic."
"But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris Oliver to lead NOAA Fisheries — the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is charged with sustainable management of commercial fisheries worth more than $140 billion — represents a striking departure from the Trump administration’s scientific and environmental personnel and policy choices."
"This month we have seen two anti-ocean planning policy riders introduced in Congress: Section 505 of the House FY18 Energy & Water Appropriations bill and Section 435 of the House Interior & Environment Appropriations bill. We will not be surprised to see more in the coming weeks, as the House takes up additional spending bills."
As part of ongoing efforts to implement several of the President's recent Executive Orders, NOAA Fisheries and the National Ocean Service published a joint Federal Register notice on July 6, 2017, for a 45-day public comment period seeking broad input on identifying existing regulations and processes that, among other things, may be outdated, unnecessary, ineffective; inhibit job creation and growth; and /or can be further streamlined in a manner consistent with law.
Via The Mercury News
"Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling."
"A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate could effectively exclude everyone but licensed architects, engineers, and surveyors from federal government contracts for GIS and mapping services of all kinds — not just those services traditionally provided by surveyors."