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    JIM BUDI: Oceana report unfairly downgrades South Carolina shrimp industry
    April 9, 2014 -- The report painted a bleak picture of wild-caught shrimp, ignoring the reality of a vastly improved conservation landscape.
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    BEAU BEASLEY: Hunting and Fishing in America: “All Dollars, No Sense”
    April 6, 2014 -- Approximately 1 percent of the total federal budget is spent on natural resources. In fact, spending on natural resources now is nearly half of what it was in the late 1970s. Politicians talk tough about sound economic policy and job creation while simultaneously reducing funding for conservation efforts and denying anglers access to public land—or in other words, they attempt to balance the budget by digging for loose change in the national couch.
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    GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES: Port recovery plan must convey urgency of waterfront needs
    April 4, 2014 -- It won’t be easy for all of the stakeholders in Gloucester’s waterfront to prioritize the 40 recommendations in the city’s port recovery and revitalization plan. Amid the plan’s estimated $12.2 million overall cost, is the need for financial assistance for fishing boat owners and crew, and a proposal under which NOAA would employ idle fishing crafts to be used as research vessels.
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    LEE CROCKET: A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems
    April 2, 2014 -- Success stories span our coasts. Atlantic sea scallop, Gulf of Mexico red grouper, and Pacific lingcod are just a few examples of once-depleted U.S. fish populations that have been rebuilt. Yet too often, federal managers and policymakers approach these issues by considering only one species at a time, rather than looking at the big picture. This approach fails to make use of a wealth of knowledge that scientists have gained in recent decades.
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    RON ARNOLD: Big Green's 'sue-and-settle' strategy draws pushback from states, Congress
    April 2, 2014 -- Scott Pruitt is Oklahoma's attorney general and he's fed up with Big Green's outrageously destructive sue-and-settle attacks using endangered species as a weapon to obliterate America's burgeoning oil and gas production.
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