US fishermen, Western Pacific Council skeptical over moves to expand Pacific Marine Sanctuaries
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fox News] by George Russell July 9, 2013
American fishermen are reacting with skepticism, concern and frustration at the latest murky steps to prevent fishing in vast tracts of the Pacific. The proposed expansion was announced along with other White House ocean conservation initiatives on June 16, as the kickoff to a two-day State Department conference aimed at greater international coordination to overcome a variety of ocean ills, including not only overfishing, but marine pollution and ocean acidification -- the last linked by conservationists to global carbon emissions and “climate change.”
The announcements, and the oceans conference itself, also serve a broader purpose: to link a sweeping and controversial U.S. oceans policy the administration began implementing last year with broader international efforts to achieve more ambitious “sustainable” goals at sea, along the world’s coastlines and in the atmosphere by 2020.
The lack of information extends to the current announcement, which is dramatic in tone but not very concrete in detail...
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