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NOAA Proposal Would Reduce the Public's Right to Know about the Fish Population

h/t PFMag

Posted on October 10, 2012

Our nation's ocean wildlife and fish are a public resource, and citizens should be able to track the impact of fishing on fish populations. But a new proposal from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will greatly reduce the public's access to essential fisheries data, including taxpayer-funded programs. Restricting public access to fisheries data could erode scientific integrity, transparency, and public participation in government decisions and eventually lead to poorer management of fisheries.


Commercial and recreational fishing generates about $183 billion per year for the U.S. economy and supports more than 1.5 million full- and part-time jobs. Despite being one of the leading producers of fish, the United States has had a poor record of ocean...

The proposal..