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Trump Administration Reviewing Marine Protected Areas in US, Will The Ocean Be Valued Accurately?

Source: EOS/Randy Showstack - July 7, 2017 in Politics

Trump Administration Reviewing Marine Protected Areas in US, Will The Ocean Be Valued Accurately?
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A U.S. federal agency is taking a close look at 11 U.S. national marine sanctuaries and national marine monuments that were designated or expanded within the past decade.

The review, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began on 26 June, follows a 28 April White House executive order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.”

The order calls for a reassessment of these nationally significant sites in the oceans and Great Lakes to consider budgetary impacts of managing the areas; the value of potential energy and mineral production in the areas; and the adequacy of federal, community, and other consultations required prior to designations or expansions.

The order also halts new sanctuary designations or expansions unless the proposal includes an accounting from the Department of the Interior of any energy or mineral resource potential within the designated area and the potential impact a designation or expansion would have on resource development.

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