Struggling to stay up-to-date with the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House? Here's the news you need to know that pertains to ocean and coastal conservation.
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Via NOAA Fisheries
"Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, named Chris Oliver Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The Texas native assumed his new position on June 19, taking the helm from Acting Assistant Administrator Samuel Rauch who will return to his position as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs."
“He said we shouldn’t worry about rising sea levels,” Eskridge said. “He said that ‘your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.’”
"The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the numbers of endangered whales and sea turtles getting caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, saying existing protections were already working."
"But now, President Trump is shifting that dynamic and driving a wedge into a heretofore harmonious policy arena. Here are five specific decisions that add up to a declaration of war by the current administration on healthy oceans and coasts:"
"At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration."
Via The Hill
"The EPA plans to submit the buyout proposal to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for approval in June and work to "expedite the review process," Reuters reported. The EPA has said it aims to complete the buyout program by the end of the fiscal year in September."