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The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to destroy the program that has enabled the recovery of six endangered species through a successful regulatory scheme called “catch shares” by which regional fish councils set overall limits on annual harvest and then apportion the catch among individual fishermen. And by the same action, the House voted against a long-overdue and publicly supported National Ocean Policy that would address other problems that lie at the core of the continuing degradation of U.S. inland and coastal waters and the deep ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will assert that we are drowning in these politics and will ask, "Who are the real subversives in this situation? How do we protect ourselves from this corruption of our basic values? Is this how we really mean to define American freedom?"
Peter Neill, Director of the W2O and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.
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Ocean Health Index
A weekly feature to highlight, by country, the goals and components of the Ocean Health Index which measures and scores ocean health from 0-100.
Country of the Week: Qatar
Goal of the Week: Artisinal Fishing Opportunities
Ensuring Access to Artisinal Fishing for Local Communities
Score: 49 Global Rank: 122