Please see http://www.centerforoceansolutions.org/?q=initiatives/marine-spatial-planning
by Dan Bacher
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) yesterday announced that he will file an amicus curiae brief in support of the pending lawsuit by the cities of New Bedford and Gloucester regarding the Obama administration’s proposed catch share program. Frank also said that he plans to organize Members of Congress to join the brief.
The catch share program, supported by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenko, creates a de facto privatization of ocean resources. Where catch shares have been implemented, the inevitable result is the concentration of public trust fisheries into the hands of few big corporate fishing operations.
Did you know that thousands of whales die each year from commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption? Or that a new plan is underway to legalize commercial whaling? I am contacting you today on behalf of The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a non-profit organization working to save animals in crisis worldwide, to help protect our oceans’ whale population.
Alastor Coleby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Alastor Coleby: Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management (JEAPM), 2010, vol. 12, issue 01, pages 29-49
By Judy Benson
Groton – Think of marine spatial planning as something like planning and zoning for Long Island Sound.
Spurred by recent projects and proposals for ocean-based energy projects, representatives of New York, Connecticut and federal agencies, marine trades and nonprofit environmental groups will meet today to begin discussions about managing uses of Long Island Sound with marine spatial planning. The daylong forum will take place at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut.
“This is an emerging topic,” Brian Thompson, director of Long Island Sound programs for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Tuesday.