NACO Comments Marine Monuments

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Document Type: Nonrulemaking
Title: FRN_Review of Monuments and NMS Expansions_82 FR 28827
Document ID: NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001

NACO's Comment:
The creation of marine monuments and expansion of NMS by Presidential Executive Order is simply an end around process bypassing the regulatory process to consider such. Bypassing the regulatory process eliminates any stakeholder involvement and only allows those environmental organizations who gain access to the President. Ordinary citizens are not able to have such access so they have no input to the process.
The regulatory processes currently are in place to allow consideration of the creation of marine monuments and expansion of NMS as well as the expansion or creation of new marine protected areas. These regulatory processes were set up to allow the public to have input into the process and they should be utilized. A Presidential Executive Order should never be used to circumvent the ability of the public to have their opinions known and considered on such important issues that restrict access and opportunities by the public to enjoy our Nation's Natural Resources.

Bob Zales, II

2017 Fishery Management Council appointments

NACO applauds the Trump Administration and particularly Secretary of Commerce Ross for the appointments to the Fishery Management Councils today. Many of the appointments and reappointments should serve to provide conservation and more reasonable management of our fishery resources to provide more access and opportunity to all fishermen. These appointments show the interest of President Trump in providing better management of our resources which should increase jobs and economic benefits to our communities and nation.

"NACO is pleased to report that of the 8 recommendations we made for Fishery Management Council appointments 7 were appointed or reappointed.
We are pleased to see
Ernest Stockwell new appointee to the New England Council representing Maine,
Dewey Hemilright reappointed to the Mid Atlantic Council representing North Carolina, Capt Mark Brown reappointed to the South Atlantic Council representing South Carolina, Chester Brewer reappointed to the South Atlantic Council representing Florida,
Phillip Dyskow new appointee to the Gulf of Mexico Council representing Florida,
Greg Stunz reappointed to the Gulf of Mexico Council representing Texas, and
Dr. Bob Shipp new appointee to the Gulf of Mexico  Council representing Alabama.

We look forward to working with the Councils and all the reappointed and current members: said Capt Bob Zales, II. We are disappointed the Ellen Goethel was not appointed to the New England Council to represent New Hampshire as she is an experienced and knowledgeable commercial representative. We encourage her to stay involved and to try again next year."