Ocean-Use Caucus Formed in D.C.
September 26, 2011
CapeCodOnline: A new group has formed on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about issues facing oceans along the U.S. coastline.
Sens. John Kerry, D-MA, and Scott Brown, R-MA, and 17 other senators founded the Senate oceans caucus last week to collaborate on federal ocean management and protection policies. The caucus also plans to educate congressional members and staff on ocean and coastal policies and scientific research.
“The ocean caucus will help focus attention on … laws that govern the seas, affect jobs and vital industries, concern our marine ecosystems and protect our waters off Massachusetts,” Kerry said.
A preliminary list of caucus issues includes seafood marketing strategies, fisheries science and stock assessments, and wetlands and habitat conservation. The list also includes port infrastructure for federal navigation channels and marine highways.
Shipping, tourism, fishing and recreation industries are also topics, according to the list.
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