$150M to zone ocean tucked in Sandy aid bill
Editor’s Note: Fortunately the legislative process addressed extraneous additions to the Sandy Relief Bill.By: Audrey HudsonHuman Events
The House tonight approved the Flores amendment to strip $150 million for Ocean zoning on a vote of 221 yeas to 197 nays.
Tucked inside a massive spending bill intended to help victims of Hurricane Sandy but loaded with pork projects is $150 million for President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to zone the oceans.
If approved by the House today, the money will go to a regional ocean partnership to help begin implementation of Obama’s highly controversial National Ocean Policy.
A Big Push to Fund Marine Spatial Planning
Editor’s Note: Given that the Congress is moving to increase spending for marine spatial planning, CRE has made a timely release of a review of the legendary Massachusetts marine spatial plan. The results of the review were communicated to the Chair of the Ocean Policy Council. Copies are also being forwarded to the Gloucester Daily Times, see Evaluation of Massachussetts Ocean Management Plan Media
GOP bills aid NOAA, not fishing
By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The Gloucester Daily Times