SMAST independence shouldn’t be the one that got away – Steve Urbon

smastRothschild, you see, is a frequent critic of NOAA’s scienitfic methods. And while NOAA and environmental groups have given SMAST some grants, there is a fear that too close a relationship with NOAA will stifle criticism and undermine SMAST’s dogged independence. “The bottom line is money,” Mickelson told me. “If they scratch the back of NOAA and get rid of Rothschild, they will have access to money for fisheries education.” Read more