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PACIFICFISHERIESREVIEWspecialsupplementtoJuLY2012Fishermenx19snews17LEGISLATIONenvironmentalstakeholdersx13allindi-vidualsrequiredbylawtobeknowledge-ableandexperiencedaboutthex2sheries.NOAAFisheriesholdsonevotingseatonthecouncilsaswell.UnliketheNOPx19sRegionalPlanningBodiesstakeholdersplayameaningulroleinthedecisionmakingprocess.Fisheriesmanagementinourregioniswidelyregardedassuccess-ulbecauseaninclusiveandtransparentpublicprocesssupportstheprecautionaryscience-basedapproach.TeNOPopensthedoororaRegionalPlanningBodywithlittleexper-tiseoperatinginaprocessthatdeniesstakeholdersthevoicetheycurrentlyenjoyintheregionalx2sherymanagementcouncilprocesstomakedecisionsthatcouldhavear-reachingconsequencesorx2shingcommunities.CoreFundingforNOAAFisheriesScienceandManagementCouldBeDivertedtoFundaNewFederalBureaucracyNotAuthorizedbyCongressTeAdministrationx19sdratNOPImplementationPlanproposes53ed-eralgovernmentalactionsandnearly300milestoneswith158othosemilestonestobecompletedin2012or2013.Con-gressiscuttingundingormostederalagenciesandhasnotprovidednewund-ingorNOPimplementationsowhereisthemoneycomingromtoundthesenewactivitiesCommercialx2shinginter-estsareconcernedthatmoneyhasbeenandwillbedivertedromunder-undedcoreNOAAFisheriesscienceandman-agementprogramstopayoranewbureaucracyandornewactivitiesnotauthorizedbyCongress.ProponentsarewellawareothetenuousauthorityotheAdministrationtoimplementtheNOPyettheymoveaheadwithoutapparentconcern.Tesesameproponentshoweverinsistedprevi-ouslythatCongressionalactiontocreateanationaloceanpolicywasnecessary.NOPproponentssupportedbillsintro-ducedinthepreviousourCongressesthatproposedanationaloceanpolicyaswellasmanyothecouncilsandcom-mitteessubsequentlyestablishedthroughExecutiveOrder.Noneothebillsintro-ducedinsuccessiveCongressespassed.InactnonepassedeitherbodyoCongress.NowwithoutCongressionalautho-rizationordedicatedappropriationstheAdministrationstatesthatundingtoimplementtheNOPincludingoceanzoningactivitieswillcomeromx1crepur-posingx1dexistingresources.Tecommercialx2shingindustrydoesnotsupportx1crepur-posingx1dcoreNOAAFisheriesscienceandmanagementprogramstoestablishanewoceansbureaucracythatattheveryleastcreatesduplicativex2sheriesmanage-mentauthority.ItisahollowargumentadvancedtodatebytheAdministrationthatrepurposingundscreatesefciencieswhenatleastinthecaseox2sheriesman-agementitcreatesconusingoverlappingjurisdictionallinesandduplicatesexistingresourcemanagementprocesses.InMaytheHouseofRepresentativesvotedtoprohibitcertainederalagenciesincludingNOAAromspendingtaxpayerdollarsontheNOPinlargepartbecauseCongresshasnotauthorizedmanyotheactivitiescontainedintheNOPimple-mentationplan.HopeullytheSenatewillactaswell.TeAdministrationcouldshowgoodaithbynotmovingorwardwithestablishingoceanzoningbodiesuntileitherCongressactstodex2netheirscopeoauthorityortheAdministrationappropriatelylimitstheirmandate.TePacix2cNorthwestandAlaskax2shingindustryareproudoourprogres-siveandinnovativeapproachtoproperlymanagingoceanresources.Andweareproudoourcollaborativeworkingrela-tionshipwithstateandederalx2sherymanagers.Wedonotwelcomethatrela-tionshipbeingputatriskbyimplemen-tationoanNOPthatisbeingrushedorwardwithoutregardorconstituentsx19concerns.y206787-3395VHF17www.portseattle.orgMOORAGEAVAILABLEWitha60millionupgradeofferingdeepdraftmoorage2900ftofsidetieplentyofgearstoragelocalmaintenanceandrepairservices...youx19llhavenoproblemfittinginhere.