NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?

Posted on July 26, 2011

Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Oversight Hearing 
Committee on Natural Resources
United States House of Representatives
July 26, 2011
 
NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?
 
Click HERE for complete testimony of Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation on behalf of American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, and The Billfish Foundation
 
Terrestrial and freshwater wildlife resource management agencies would not think of operating without standardized stock surveys and assessments. Yet, for our marine resources, proponents of the status quo say that “readily available information such as biology” is adequate to replace a standardized, peer-reviewed stock assessment as the foundation of management, even when the decisions based on it will have drastic social and economic consequences.  A hodgepodge of partial bits of information that perhaps add up to an informed guess will always fall short of the standards we as a nation have used for managing our fish and wildlife resources.