While the underfunding of NOAA in the president’s budget is concerning, Congress has the chance to provide the resources the agency needs and ocean protection deserves.
Tim McHugh, Media Relations Manager
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Why it matters:
Amount ocean and coastal economies contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually: more than $138 billion
Number of jobs that depend on the ocean and coasts: more than 2.3 million
Statement from Ocean Conservancy’s Director of Government Relations Emily Woglom ahead of the House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the president’s 2013 budget:
“While the underfunding of NOAA in the president’s budget is concerning, Congress has the chance to provide the resources the agency needs and ocean protection deserves. We shouldn’t short-change an agency charged with overseeing the protection of the ocean, which supports our country economically and environmentally.
“NOAA must pay not only for new, multi-billion dollar weather satellites, but for managing our coasts and fisheries as well. NOAA needs the resources to do all of the important work that falls under its mission, not just some of it. More than two million jobs depend on the ocean and coasts – all the more reason to protect it to the highest degree possible. The American people shouldn’t have to choose between forecasting the weather and protecting our ocean. The country deserves and needs both.
“Congress should show how important the ocean is to the life and work of Americans by restoring NOAA’s ocean and fisheries funding to 2010 levels. When we make smart choices for a healthy ocean both the American economy and environment wins.”
Possible key functions and services at risk if the president’s budget is enacted:
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