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Groups ask Congress to block National Ocean Policy funding

Eighty-one groups recently submitted a letter to U.S. House Appropriations Committee chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., as well as the chairman of each House Appropriations subcommittee, asking that language be included in all fiscal 2013 appropriations bills that would prohibit the use of funds to implement the new National Ocean Policy.

“The request was made as part of an effort to achieve a pause in policy implementation that would provide more time for oversight and examination of potential impacts,” according to the Recreational Fishing Alliance, which signed on to the letter.

The letter's signatories represent a wide array of commercial and recreational interests and reflect the breadth of concern that citizens and businesses across the United States continue to have about the National Ocean Policy as developed thus far, the fishing group said.

Click here for the letter and the full list of co-signers.

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