By Ben Cohen
Some positive news for the environment. The rapid depletion of the world’s fish is a serious problem which could have serious ramifications for complex underwater eco systems. Thumbs up for the Obama administration:
The “Catch Share Task Force,” announced yesterday, includes 16 NOAA
advisers and fisheries experts to shape a system for setting strict
catch limits and distributing total catch shares to commercial fishers,
usually based on their historical catch. Fishers can then buy and sell
The new task force indicates an increased commitment from the Obama
administration to advance fisheries cap-and-trade. The administration
also requested significant new funding for fiscal 2010 budget for the
effort. The House approved a NOAA spending bill last week with $18.6
million for “catch share” fisheries. A Senate panel will take up its version of the bill today.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.