Given the extreme pressure to slash federal budgets, ocean programs will face many challenges over the next few months. That’s why it’s good to know that we have great ocean champions like Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) in our corner.
Yesterday, Congressman Farr restored $48 Million in funding for NOAA ocean programs by passing an amendment in the Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science and Relates Agencies Subcommittee bill mark-up. This reversed funding cuts for NOAA programs that address important ocean and fisheries conservation priorities such as National Marine Sanctuaries, marine debris, fisheries habitat restoration, estuary research and Pacific salmon research and management.
Next, the amendment must pass the full House of Representatives, where we hope that other Members of Congress will follow Mr. Farr’s lead and recognize the need to protect critical natural resources for the long term. As Congressman Farr said, “Our well being and the livelihood of America’s ocean communities are tied to the health of our world’s oceans. Therefore it is of vital importance that we continue to invest in research and conservation that protect and preserve our oceans for future generations.”
There will be many more battles for ocean health in this Congress. Yesterday, Congressman Farr helped our team win an important one.
For the oceans,