Tagged: Marine Conservation

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

An oil drilling platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA - 6 December, 2011 (Credit: TheConduqtor / Wikimedia)

Should Offshore Energy Leases Be Available Online?

Technology has changed almost every aspect of American life, and some think it’s time for offshore leasing to receive an update as well. The Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act (H.R. 5577) would modernize the process, originally defined by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Debris on a beach near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Credit: Loranchet / Wikimedia)

Plastic Debris And Policy

Captain Charles Moore introduced the world to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in the mid-1990s. Since then, there has been increasing interest from scientists, the public and policy makers regarding plastic debris in the environment. A new article now outlines the current research, identifies research gaps on plastic debris and reviews some of the weight of evidence regarding contamination, fate and effects of the material.

Click to enlarge) A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. (Credit: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

Mysteries Of The Under-explored Deep Ocean

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos, George P. Schmahl, and Dr. Jason Chaytor each described recent discoveries from the ocean’s abyss at “The Deep Ocean: Earth’s Final Frontier” congressional briefing sponsored by the House Oceans Caucus.

Lake Erie, pronounced dead 40 years ago, has been dramatically cleaned due to anti-pollution laws. (Credit: Mark K./ Flickr)

Clean Water Act: Overreach or Clean Beach?

The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water continued this debate with a hearing on the implementation of the definition of “waters of the United States.”