NMFS is in the process of revising the incidental take rules for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. CRE alerts NMFS to the statutory requirement that all such actions be in compliance with the Data Quality Act.
CRE made a presentation to the NOAA SAB on November 3 in Silver Spring, MD.
CRE made two recommendations to the SAB:
(1) the SAB should request that they be accorded the opportunity to review the CEQ/NOAA document on Marine Spatial planning to prepared as a result of the recent directive of the President.
(2) the SAB request a briefing from NOAA staff on the Data Quality Act and its applicability to the aforementioned report on marine spatial planning and its applicability to NOAA marine models.