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Fisheries Rule Could Limit Scientific Access to Data

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A draft rule proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may limit public access to fisheries data collected by independent observers on fishing vessels. The agency cites protection of confidential personal and business information as the reason, but some scientists and advocates fear that such a rule will limit their ability to examine and evaluate fisheries data for research purposes.

“Our view is that they’ve gone way beyond what’s necessary to implement the confidentiality requirement,” said Lee Crockett, the director of the Pew Environment Group’s United States fisheries campaign. “We think they should go back to the drawing board.”

The Pew Environment Group, along with 60 governmental, environmental and journalistic groups, have issued a joint letter urging NOAA Fisheries to reconsider the proposal. They argue that the new rule would run counter to the Obama administration’s transparency in government memorandum and NOAA’s scientific integrity policy.


Read the full article, Fisheries Rule Could Limit Scientific Access to Data, on the New York Times website.  


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