Farr Moves to Restore Ocean Program Funding
July 13, 2011
U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today chalked one up for the sea by amending a federal appropriations bill that would have cut $48 million in funding for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration ocean and fisheries programs.
The amendment reverses cuts to NOAA's Marine Debris Program (which helped turn old Moss Landing Harbor fishing gear into energy), the National Marine Sanctuary program (including the landmark sanctuary in Monterey Bay) and the Pacific Salmon Protected Species and Research and Management program, which impacts a NOAA Fisheries office in Santa Cruz.
Farr's tweak would also restore funding to the Fisheries Habitat Restoration program, the Integrated Ocean Observing System, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (which includes Elkhorn Slough), and cooperative marine research.
“It is of vital importance that we continue to invest in research and conservation that protect and preserve our oceans for future generations," Farr stated in a press release.
The bill now heads to a vote on the House floor.