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Aquaculture pens off the coast of Maine. Photo: NOAA National Ocean Service

Ocean Conservation Is Still Significantly at Risk Despite Backtrack on NOAA Mission Change

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Last week, following press attention to a presentation by the Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) on new directions for the agency, Adm. Tim Gallaudet quickly backtracked and stated that the mission would not fundamentally change. Read more >

Photo: NOAA National Ocean Service
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Photo: Darla White (NOAA)

Ocean Agency Must Keep Its Focus on Climate Change and Sustaining Marine Ecosystems

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for ocean aficionados like me. The Acting Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, made a presentation to leadership at the Department of Commerce, NOAA’s home, on possible changes and priorities for the agency during this administration. His second slide clearly describes a shift away from scientific work on climate and efforts to conserve and manage ocean and coastal resources. Read more >

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Space observations help monitor toxic algal blooms that affect shellfish in Maine. Photo: Henry Zbyszynski CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr).

Maine Benefits From Space Observations: Will Congress Axe Them?

, senior climate scientist

The U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee approved of a budget that, according to figures my colleague Hannah Nesser calculated, includes over a quarter cut from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Systems Acquisition funding compared to previous fiscal year enacted level.  What exactly is on the chopping block for this and other cuts to NOAA and NASA?  Are any vital to key economic sectors in Maine?

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Photo by Erika Spanger-Siegfried
NESDIS/NOAA
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Science, Democracy, and International Ocean Policy: Thank You, Secretary Kerry

, , director, Center for Science & Democracy

When Secretary of State John Kerry was appointed to be our top diplomat, he told his staff at State that he wanted to take stronger international action to conserve and manage the oceans. This week, the Secretary is holding an international conference in Washington as a signature event fulfilling that commitment. Read more >

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