Get ready. More Secrets. NOAA Rule Would Restrict Access to Fisheries Data – NMFS Director Samuel Rauch declined an interview request through a spokesperson.

by Erik Stokstad on 19 October 2012,

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spends about $40 million to    put independent observers on fishing vessels, where they collect data on what’s caught in U.S. waters.    The information is crucial for evaluating how well fishery management plans are working. Now NOAA wants to limit public access to these data in order to protect confidential business information. While the fishing industry welcomes the proposal, scientists and environmental groups are    anxious. “Our worry is that this will limit third-party involvement in fisheries management,” says Lee Crockett of the Pew Environment Group in Washington, D.C. Public    comments are due by 21 October.

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