LETTER: Wespac Responds to Article on its Push to Reduce Size of Pacific Islands Monument

posted in: Fisheries, January 2015, Marine | 0

The following letter was received from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council’s communications officer, Sylvia Spalding. We reprint it in its entirety.

In its December 2014 issue, Environment Hawai`i published an article on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s meeting with officials from the White House on September 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the President’s plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument boundaries. There are several incorrect statements in the article.

  The article intimates that the Council was engaged in improper lobbying. However, lobbying restrictions applicable to fishery management . . .

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