WESPAC Council Questions Impact of Marine Monuments
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - December 29, 2016
In a strongly-worded press release, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WESPAC) calls on President Obama to phase in the ban on commercial fishing in Papahanuamokueakea Marine National Monument, citing an annual loss of more than $20 million from commercial fishing alone. They argue that creating the monuments was the driven by the Pew Environment Group, not popular demand, and includes promises to local governments that have not been kept.
A Pew study predicted $15 million a year and 400 jobs would follow the Marianna's Trench monuments' creation, helping to boost sagging economies in the Marianna Islands and Guam. Neither country has seen any benefits...
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