Trump Admin Disbands Scientific Group Advising It On Protecting Marine Life

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Andrew Wagner

Trump Administration cuts funding for two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advisory councils.

As of Tuesday, the federal government has cut funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and the Interior Department’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee, according to The Hill.

The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee advises the NOAA on ways to strengthen the country’s marine protected areas and identify challenges facing them. The Interior Department’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee advised on ways to prevent and control invasive species.

The discontinuation of these committees comes as a result of an executive order by President Trump in June directing all agencies to cut their advisory boards by at least one third.

According to scientists on the committee, they received an email on September 30 informing them of disbandment but were offered no further justification.

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget did not provide details on which committees were slashed under the executive order. A spokesperson for the Commerce Department said the elimination of advisory councils was, “an effort to use government resources more efficiently.”

The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and the Interior Department’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee were both slashed as a result of the June executive order issued by President Trump.

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