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April 30, 2011
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-The Convergence of Economic, Environmental and National Security
-DC Delegates Tackle NOP, Catch Limits, and Oil Spills
-Big Progress on Fishery Management and Energy
-Rocky Moutains meets with Rep. Coffman, Rep. Tipton, Rep. DeGette and TJ Deora
-What Happens to the Natural Resources When the Ice Melts?
Alex Wall and Trevor Winnier excited to join E2
-San Diego Chapter Welcomes Sarah Mueller
-Advocacy Area News from April and March TeleSalon (Recording)
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  L to R: Regan Nelson (NRDC), Carl Nettleton (E2), Berl Hartman (E2), Raymond Kane (E2).
In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, "Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.” This is even truer today than it was 50 years ago. Lack of a coherent ocean policy and huge gaps in our knowledge place this incredible resource at risk. For decades, our oceans have been subjected to threats from overexploitation, habitat degradation, coastal pollution, climate change and competing usages, which in turn jeopardize the jobs and recreation that oceans provide.

E2 is involved in this issue for many reasons, not least of which is that our oceans and great lakes are an incredible engine of economic development that depends on healthy oceans. America’s ocean economy contributes more to the country’s GDP than the entire farm sector, grossing more than $230 billion in 2004.

Carl Nettleton (San Diego, CA)"Working with the Ocean Team to discuss ocean policy with members of the Senate and the House revealed vividly the deep split between Congressional members based on the region they come from, the constituencies that are important to their region and their region's economy and jobs. Regarding ocean policy, the challenge continues to be one of uniting those coastal interests and serving them so that a unified approach to the ocean can be seen as a win for both the environment and the economy."
Our E2 Oceans Team which included a Cape Cod commercial fisherman and an expert on collection of ocean data, focused on three issues:

      -Full funding for the National Oceans Policy to protect, maintain and restore the economic and environmental health of our oceans.

      - Continued support for strict catch limits and rebuilding requirements to maintain the progress we have made in reducing overfishing.

      - Implementation of the key recommendations of the bipartisan, independent National Oil Spill Commission to improve the safety of offshore drilling.

In July 2010, after an extensive nationwide series of hearings, and heeding the advice of two Blue Ribbon Commissions, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the nation’s first comprehensive National Oceans Policy (NOP) for the stewardship of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The necessary funding for NOP’s initiatives, especially in the context of a total federal budget of $3.83 trillion, is a modest $20 million that would pay for Regional Ocean Partnerships and $6.7 million for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning to gather important data. These comparatively small investments will leverage the huge economic benefits of healthy oceans and Great Lakes.

Additionally, we were encouraged to hear that a bi-partisan Ocean Caucus is being formed.

When it comes to sustainable fishing, our key message was that the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which was most recently amended in 2006, is working and should be fully funded so that we can continue to rebuild our depleted fisheries. Unfortunately, a small group of Senators have introduced legislation that would extend rebuilding time frames and substitute political considerations for science-based catch limits.

Raymond Kane (Chatham, MA) "As a Cape Cod commercial fisherman who believes in sustainable fisheries and ocean policy, I was gratified to meet so many other representatives of industry who also believe in sustainable issues and policy throughout our great nation. All were talking of any and everything for a sustainable environment and I was happy to participate. E2 along with the support of NRDC exemplified leadership and knowledge of many important issues facing this nation; both organizations are a 1st class act."
E2 team member Ray Kane, a Cape Cod commercial fisherman, was able to describe first-hand the benefits of the stricter controls. This year, fishermen in New England have earned 10% more revenue than last, while catching 10% fewer fish and staying well below the catch limits for all species. In addition, New England has adopted a sector approach that gives fishermen more control over how they fish, placing the power of the marketplace into their hands. A recent New York Times editorial strongly agreed with our position.

Our message about safer drilling in the gulf and throughout the country, came almost exactly a year after the disastrous Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Thus far, Congress has done nothing to implement the key recommendations of the bipartisan, independent National Oil Spill Commission. Following their lead, we urged lawmakers to ensure that taxpayers are not left holding the bill for future disasters by significantly increasing the liability cap and financial responsibility requirements for offshore facilities; provide sufficient funding for oversight agencies; and provide funds for Gulf restoration. Our message was well received by many members, especially those in coastal areas like California and New Jersey.

We also carried the message that our country needs safer drilling with more resources for oversight and environmental impact assessment. With several bills recently introduced in the House to force the administration to accelerate the granting of drilling permits and open new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration we urged legislators to resist these efforts.

Our messages were particularly welcome at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where we met with several high-ranking officials, including Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, who provides senior level support to the head of NOAA, Jane Lubchenko. We had an excellent meeting in which we shared ideas on how to garner support in Congress for our mutual ocean priorities.

Click here to see the E2 memo left with each Congressional office about Oceans.

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