Critical Funding To Protect our Oceans and Coasts, and to Support Jobs in Tourism and Fishing
Ben Carmichael, CLF: (617) 850-1743
Tricia Jedele, CLF RI: (401) 351-1102
Sean Cosgrove, CLF: (202) 421-3585
PROVIDENCE, RI March 14, 2012 – In response to the passage today of the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) in the RESTORE Act amendment to the Surface Transportation funding bill – an amendment proposed by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Olympia Snowe (ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following statement from Tricia Jedele, VP and Director, CLF Rhode Island:
“The National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes provides critical funds to help us further our understanding of our oceans and coasts,” said Tricia Jedele, VP and Director, CLF Rhode Island. “With greater understanding will come the ability to balance protection of critical habitat and important ocean uses in more effective ways. Ultimately, improving our research opportunities will help us to build and sustain a vibrant Rhode island.”
Through an endowment paid for by interest generated from Clean Water Act penalties from the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Endowment for the Oceans creates a grant program which will distribute funds to coastal states and regional planning organizations through a national competitive grant program.
“Passage of the National Endowment for the Oceans is an accomplishment of national significance that will directly assist New England’s coastal communities and help states tackle the toughest ocean and coastal issues we face,” said Sean Cosgrove, Oceans Campaign Manager. “NEO will provide funding for fisheries management and gear improvements, gathering of vital ocean and climate data which help predict extreme weather and climate impacts and improving ocean management along New England’s coast. Sen. Whitehouse has mustered an impressive legislative achievement through a very challenging political process that will benefit our coastal communities and our ocean for generations. We thank Senator Whitehouse and Senator Snowe for their leadership.”
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
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