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Begich bills increase protection for fisheries, Arctic research July 31,2013   |  Source: PoliticalNews.me

U.S. Senator Mark Begich helped move several pieces of legislation through the Senate Commerce Committee including bills that will increase Arctic research, eliminate pirate fishing practices, improve international fisheries stewardship, and ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the resources necessary to recruit and retain a strong workforce. Begich is the chief sponsor of two of the bills.

“As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and chairman of the Oceans Sub-committee, I work to make sure the committee focuses on Alaska priorities,” said Begich. “As a result of today’s committee meeting, Alaska is one step closer to better fisheries protection, more Arctic research and a having a 21st century workforce for ocean research.”

Arctic Research, Monitoring and Amendments Act of 2013: Begich crafted this bill to ensure the science needed for responsible arctic development was getting done. It provides authority to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) to issue research grants for a wide variety of arctic science. The bill is supported by the USARC, the University of Alaska, and others.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioner Officer Corps Amendments Act: Begich introduced this bill to improve

 

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