OCEANS: LAWMAKERS HEAR WHETHER MARINE SANCTUARIES SHOULD SINK OR SWIM

From: E & E News

“The natural resources director of Aleutians East Borough in Alaska, Ernest Weiss, brought up the proposal to create an Aleutian marine sanctuary. It was proposed by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and later turned down by NOAA. Weiss said he was not aware of any local support for the PEER proposal, which, he said, would be “engulfing our entire region.” He urged that proposals come from the local communities — an idea that was supported by another witness, Scott Hickman, owner of Circle H Outfitters in Texas.

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