Author Archive

Where Does Barry Myers Stand?

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on Where Does Barry Myers Stand?

This morning, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be questioning President Trump’s nominee to lead our nation’s top ocean agency—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

President Trump’s nominee, Barry Myers, is the CEO of AccuWeather, and his nomination has been a controversial one.

But while Mr. Myers has extensive background in the weather forecasting business, we actually know very little about his views on the issues that we hold close to our hearts—ocean and coastal issues.

So, we decided to ask.

This week, Ocean Conservancy’s CEO, Janis Searles Jones, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee asking senators to help fill in the blanks and ask Barry Myers some tough questions on ocean and coastal issues facing our nation.

Few agencies have a more substantial impact on the ocean and coastal environment on which people and economies depend than NOAA. The ocean is an important economic driver for our entire nation, a vital habitat for marine wildlife, and a sacred part of our nation’s heritage—and NOAA is critical to ensuring its protection. It is imperative that we ensure that the head of NOAA is committed to keeping our ocean strong and healthy.

Before he is confirmed to lead our nation’s top ocean agency, Americans deserve to know where Mr. Myers stands on ocean issues. And at today’s hearing, we’ll all be listening.

Article source:

Congress is About to Vote on Offshore Drilling Bill

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on Congress is About to Vote on Offshore Drilling Bill

Whether you care about the Arctic, marine mammals, seabirds or endangered sea life—a piece of legislation is moving through Congress that would threaten them all. We can’t let this happen.

The House of Representatives is about to vote on H.R.4239, a bill that would weaken ocean protections and intentionally pave the way for offshore oil and gas drilling.

Please join us in speaking on behalf of the ocean—take action and tell your Member of Congress to vote NO on H.R.4239.

This legislation is a direct attack against America’s most important conservation laws. For example, it would:

  • Put the Arctic Ocean at higher risk for oil spills by canceling common-sense Arctic drilling safety and spill prevention rules.
  • Weaken protections for marine mammals by gutting the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Put endangered ocean species at risk by overriding the Endangered Species Act.
  • Gut our most effective bird conservation law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  • Permanently ban the creation of any new protected ocean areas under the Antiquities Act.
  • Eliminate existing protections from leasing and drilling in certain areas of the ocean and prevent future presidents from protecting new areas.
  • Create loopholes to avoid environmental review.

These rules are common-sense safeguards designed to keep our ocean, coasts and coastal communities safe and healthy.

Please take action today—your Member of Congress needs to vote NO on H.R.4239.

Article source:

A Season of Gratitude: What We’re Thankful For in 2017

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on A Season of Gratitude: What We’re Thankful For in 2017

It’s the season of gratitude, and all of us at Ocean Conservancy couldn’t be more thankful for the progress we’ve seen in 2017. We’ve been met with some incredible challenges, road bumps and unexpected obstacles, but none of these have stopped us. With a backbone made up of the support of countless people committed to marine conservation, our programs have seen some extraordinary breakthroughs for our ocean. The most incredible thing? None of it could have been possible without our consistently awe-inspiring community of supporters, banded together as defenders of one thing that bonds us all together: our ocean.

Check out some of the progress we’re most thankful for accomplishing in 2017!

We’re building a healthy ocean and coastal communities

through smart ocean planning.

Our nation’s first regional ocean plans were launched last year, and we’re committed to working to implement them. These plans balance multiple ocean uses, from conservation to economic development to recreational purposes. Some examples demonstrating these plans include:

© Massachusetts Office of Travel Tourism

  • Conservationists and commercial fishermen came together to look at data from these ocean plans to visualize key habitats and fishing spots, while also weighing in conservation options for species like the rare deep-sea corals that call the Gulf of Maine and the waters off Cape Cod their home. Brand new data helped to map out exactly how fishing vessel activity could be routed to avoid these coral habitats, providing an illustration of smart ocean planning implementation.
  • Our collaborative, solution-focused approach to ocean planning led countless industry partners to come together to submit a letter to the Trump Administration, expressing incredibly strong support for ocean planning initiatives. When it comes to executive administrations, it takes the uniting of various different voices to be heard and that’s exactly what we did and are continuing to do.

Trash Free Seas® is leading the fight against

marine debris and plastic pollution.

No matter where it originates, Ocean Conservancy is working to stop the flow of trash into our ocean. This year, our work to keep beaches clean and end ocean plastics included a new partnership with Outerknown®, the retail apparel company founded by World Surf League champion and continuously vocal ocean spokesperson Kelly Slater. Whether upstream or downstream, were working to protect our ocean from trash and plastic contamination.Trash Free Seas

  • With the support of a number of leading worldwide brands and the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, we were able to announce a collaboration with Closed Loop Partners. With this group, we developed a new method of funding support waste management, recycling and circular economy projects in Southeast Asia (the largest source of plastic inputs into our ocean)!
  • Ocean Conservancy co-hosted a summit with the Outdoor Industry Association and the University of California Santa Barbara, focused on identifying solutions to the ever-increasing problem of microfiber pollution. This type of contamination happens when synthetic fabrics such as polyester run through people’s laundry, releasing tiny plastic particles that run down drains…and eventually into our ocean.
  • Once again the largest volunteer beach cleanup effort worldwide, our International Coastal Cleanup reported the collection of more than 18 million pounds of ocean trash from our coastlines…now that’s what we call teamwork.

We’re defending the importance of fishery laws

and pushing the envelope to develop more innovative

fishery management solutions.

Back in July, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a short-sighted order to extend the federal private recreational fishing season for red snapper. This allowed for overfishing and threatened rebuilding efforts for the species’ populations. With Environmental Defense Fund and Earthjustice, Ocean Conservancy is fighting back against this dangerous decision. Political pressures shouldn’t override proven, science-based policy and fighting against the season extension helps chart a course for healthy and stable future fisheries. 

redSnapper_freeToUse_Copyright 2008 Ned Deloach-Marine Life
© Ned Deloach / Marine Life Images

  • New fisheries challenges call for innovative solutions, and this has been showcased through a number of new initiatives this year. We’ve pushed to influence West Coast fishery plans to keep larger ecosystem conditions in mind in order to restore and maintain healthy fish stocks, and even developed a groundbreaking computer modeling tool that can actually predict fishermen’s actions. These actions are one of the most influential factors when it comes to making effective fishery management decisions amidst continuously shifting ocean conditions and changing political landscapes. Yet another win? A number of reputable partners are now utilizing the tool across the world, including Oxford University, to pinpoint the best solutions to achieve healthy, sustainable global fisheries!

Marine wildlife are on the road to recovery

in the Gulf of Mexico.

Between the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and recent catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf of Mexico has been significantly affected over the last decade and our mission calls us to work hard to restore and protect the area from future harm. We’ve focused in on advancing efforts to heal the wounds the Gulf has felt, as well as provide support and restoration efforts for its iconic marine wildlife.

© Jennifer Reilly

  • Our newest report, titled Restoration without Borders, is being recognized and used to pinpoint areas in the region where endangered Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles are most at risk. From pollution to fishing and shipping threats, we’re helping drive toward the best solutions to bring these populations back from the brink.
  • We’ve also implemented a new focus on the recovery of Gulf coastal communities that have been wrought by the 2017 hurricane season. Ocean Conservancy is working with all our might to ensure that restoration and recovery dollars are used wisely to better protect these communities and surrounding wildlife from future threats.

Our teams are spurring action to protect our ocean.

Although science-based ocean priorities have been directly affected by a number of partisan, politically-charged changes over the last year, Ocean Conservancy knows that our ocean is a potent rallying point around which people of countless perspectives can come together.

© Pixabay / cytis

Now, we’re working to bring together various voices for the sea (those of people we call like to call ‘champions’ of our ocean). From sailors and divers who see the impact of ocean plastics to coastal communities concerned about current fish stocks and more, finding common ground to defend core conservation programs is essential.

  • This year, we brought together two particular key voices for our ocean: Philippe Cousteau (grandson of renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL). These leaders, though from different political parties, came together to talk about non-partisan solutions to our most biggest conservation problems, breaking down barriers of partisanship in the name of our ocean. Forming these productive partnerships that rise above the political fray are proving to be a necessary, ongoing strategy that we are committed to. 

We’re fighting to protect the beloved wildlife

that calls the Arctic home.

In 2017, with the essential behind-the-scenes assistance from Ocean Conservancy, the U.S. chairship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council closed with a strong focus on conservation. We helped make sure that a framework was adopted for an interconnected network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and we also ensured that issues such as increased Arctic shipping and the effects of climate change on the pan-Arctic region were addressed, emphasizing the need for global action to reduce greenhouse gases. 

Public Domain

  • On an international level, we were thrilled to learn that Finland has decided to advance these conservation plans under its 2017-2019 Arctic Council chairship!
  • On the homefront, Ocean Conservancy lead the way in persuading the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt our recommendations for protecting the Bering Sea and Bering Strait areas from the dangers of increased shipping. Over the course of the next year, we’re working to implement these plans to protect the millions of marine mammals that pass through it every year, as well as its local indigenous and coastal communities.


We’re bringing people together

to fight carbon pollution in our ocean.

Across our nation and the world, the impacts of ocean acidification (or OA) are more than clear. From dwindling oyster populations to slowing coral reef recovery and growth, our ocean depends on us to keep its pH levels from becoming even more dangerously low. 

© Benjamin Drummond/Ocean Conservancy

  • As a founding partner of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, Ocean Conservancy has been working to grow Alliance membership to unite various areas of the world in developing solution-oriented action plans to solve this issue. Carbon dioxide pollution (the root cause of OA) is something we can and must fight to decrease, and over the course of the past year, more and more countries are recognizing the need for change. New Zealand, Iceland, Fiji and Sweden have all recently committed to joining the Alliance, and in an incredible show of unified commitment to fighting OA, the current membership of the Alliance has risen above 50. We couldn’t be prouder to see so many people come together in support of this cause.
  • With this, Ocean Conservancy also produced a video about OA and its impact on coral reefs in Florida, as well as potential impacts to on coastal industries. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) spoke to Congress on the problem, describing not only its core causes, but also its day-to-day consequences on our ocean and coastal communities as we know them. In the speech, she commended Ocean Conservancy and our video for highlighting, illustrating and championing the issue and we couldn’t express more gratitude for her recognition of our work.

People’s hearts are uniting in a determined rally

to protect our ocean like never before.

Public Domain

All in all, though our ocean is facing new and very real dangers today, there’s one thing that has kept a positive, hopeful connotation to our work… the fervent support and unwavering commitment of countless people across our country and the globe to conserving our ocean.

No matter what new obstacles to our work may present themselves, Ocean Conservancy has witnessed something we could never be more thankful for.

This glimmer of hope: that no matter what is going on in the world, the love that people have for our ocean will always reign true, keeping the vision of a clean, healthy, thriving ocean—a more than viable one. This Thanksgiving, we’re not only beyond thankful for the progress we’ve made, but also incredibly determined and filled with a renewed sense of profound optimism when it comes to future wins in the field of ocean conservation. 

We’re thankful to all those involved in our program initiatives, as well as those who support us with their generous contributions to bolster our work.

And, rest assured, we will continue to feel this gratitude every single day.

Public Domain


Article source:

This Thanksgiving, We’re Grateful for Healthy Oysters

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on This Thanksgiving, We’re Grateful for Healthy Oysters

As I eagerly prepare my Thanksgiving oyster stuffing to cap off Virginia’s Oyster Month, I am particularly thankful for the hardworking men and women who raise my oysters. Virginia is now the East Coast leader for shellfish production, and that’s because of a persevering industry. Playing a foundational, behind-the-scenes role are the shellfish hatchery facility managers located all around the Chesapeake Bay. These innovators are part veterinarian, part scientist, and part parent who rear oyster larvae, or “seed,” that oyster growers buy to cultivate on their farms in Virginia and all over the East Coast.

Hatchery managers are committed to delivering a consistent product supply. Yet, their efforts alone are not enough to successfully raise oysters—they need healthy waters for the bivalves to grow. As Mike Congrove, Hatchery Manager of Oyster Seed Holdings in Grimstead, VA puts it, “Few people are more concerned about water quality than hatcheries because we really rely on it for optimal oyster health and survival.” Hatcheries have benefitted from Virginia’s sparkling waters to raise and protect the oysters in their earliest, most vulnerable life stages.

In 2013, however, Virginia hatcheries began suffering unexplained, intermittent production issues that amounted to thousands of dollars in losses. Hatchery managers collaborated with scientists to determine the cause leading many of these managers to wonder whether “ocean acidification” was the problem. Ocean acidification is a change in water chemistry of the ocean, coasts and rivers that stems from too much carbon dioxide in the water.

Virginia’s shellfish-growing water spans the salty Atlantic Ocean, fresh rivers and streams draining several states, and everything between. While the industry is still learning how acidification is playing out in Virginia waters, the importance of the collaboration between researchers and hatcheries to monitor it cannot be understated. Additionally, federal lawmakers are now joining private industry and scientists to support studying and protecting Virginia’s water quality and the businesses and people who rely on it. Representative Don Beyer (VA-8th) recently cosponsored legislation to examine the vulnerability of coastal communities to ocean acidification.

Using science, policy and industry collaboration, Virginia’s hatcheries and managers act as sentinels protecting not only state waters, but also its jobs and coastal heritage. We are so fortunate to have such “watchers of the water” in our own backyard. We can express our thankfulness by eating more oysters farmed here in Virginia. By supporting growers and hatcheries, not only are we sustaining the investments they make into monitoring and scientific research, but also we are giving thanks for their efforts to protect a precious natural resource—our water.

Now, can someone please pass the oyster stuffing?


This post originally appeared as Watchers of the Water: Giving Thanks for Virginia’s Oyster Sentinels on the Virginia Oyster Trail’s The White Boot Blog.

Article source:

Three Cheers for Fish and Sea Turtles in the Gulf!

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on Three Cheers for Fish and Sea Turtles in the Gulf!

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has officially announced that they are providing more than $100 million in new projects to restore the Gulf of Mexico. These 19 new projects will protect our natural treasures from around the Gulf, from the super-salty Laguna Madre in south Texas to the pristine Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama.

Ocean Conservancy is thrilled that this announcement also includes three projects to restore fish and sea turtles in the Gulf. These projects are made possible through the five-year, $2.5 billion Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund as a result of the criminal settlements BP and Transocean reached for their roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

© Jennifer Reilly

Both Mississippi and Florida will add to their existing investments to expand data collection for reef fish, such as red snapper. Reef fish are important top predators and a cornerstone of the Gulf region’s fishing economy, and projects like these can lead to better Gulf-wide resource health assessments, improved fishing practices and more informed management decisions, creating a healthier ecosystem overall.

In Texas, the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) will receive funding to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey. The ARK rescues and treats injured wildlife on the Texas coast, and while the animals were safely evacuated before the storm, the facility sustained significant damage. This project will repair damage to the sea turtle rehabilitation pools, as well as a flight cage and enclosures for recovering birds.

While we celebrate this victory, keep in mind that it could take decades for marine life to recover from the BP oil disaster, which began on the seafloor more than seven years ago. There, ancient deep-sea coral reefs provide a home for fish and whales, but we still know very little about their health. Please ask our Gulf leaders to continue investing in the Gulf beyond the shore.

Article source:

New York Harbor-ing Whales?

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on New York Harbor-ing Whales?

Are there really whales in New York Harbor?

With my trusty camera in one hand and my notebook in the other, I boarded the American Princess on a two-fold assignment: interview Paul Sieswerda, founder of New York City’s own citizen science-based whale research and advocacy organization called Gotham Whale, and photograph a whale!

© Rafeed Hussain

Paul and his American Princess crew have been collecting data on whales surrounding New York City since 2011. They hope to share their data so stakeholders and ocean managers can make smart decisions that protect the whales while still growing the local blue economy.

As we set off for the day, the mountainous steel skyscrapers loomed over the horizon. I was skeptical. Could there really be goliaths lurking beneath the shadows of some of the largest buildings known to man? I doubted the waters around New York City could support fish, let alone anything else. Slowly, but surely, I was proven wrong.

Cruising to the whale watching grounds felt familiar. Having spent five summers as a research vessel deckhand, I had missed being out on the water, waving at fishermen, hearing the continuous drone of the boat’s engines, feeling the cool sea air gust past me and the gentle swaying of the boat.

© Rafeed Hussain

Suddenly, over the loud speaker the captain called, “Pod of dolphins, starboard side!” In a flash, everyone on board jumped on their feet and scurried over to the right side of the boat. Kids were gasping, parents were pointing, and camera shutters went off as the porpoise paparazzi fought for the perfect shot.

My heart fluttered. Despite my long-standing love for dolphins and the ocean in general, I had never been so close to anything so charismatic in the wild. Embarrassingly, I was jumping up and down—as giddy as the small children in front of me. I fought to compose myself so that I too could capture a thoughtful and porpoise-full shot.

The elegant creatures playfully sprang out of the water in unison. Their antics were met with cheers, gasps and claps—a perfect 10 for each of the performers. I was floored by their grace and agility.

The challenge was capturing their beauty through my lens. The rocking boat, running children and the swift movements of the dolphins themselves made getting a clear shot nearly impossible. As they swam off I thought to myself, “I dolphin-etly hope I got at least one decent shot.” (I like puns).

© Rafeed Hussain

Steaming ahead, we saw lots more dolphins. Each sighting was just as exciting and wonderful as the last. The elephant on the boat, however, was the lack there of an elephant-sized whale in the ocean. Almost three hours later, my patience had grown thin. I begrudgingly made my way into the cabin only to hear, “THAR SHE BLOWS, PORT SIDE!”

I bolted to the left side of the boat, camera at the ready. “Wow, this must be what Captain Ahab felt like,” I thought while eagerly scanning the seas. The whale was nowhere to be seen.

“She went on a dive,” the captain explained. “She should be back up soon.”

This time everyone was quiet and everything was still as every pair of eyes focused on the water. My heart was breaching out of my chest as I tried to slow my breathing, knowing that the slightest movement of my body may blur my shot. It felt like an eternity went by when finally I saw movement from the corner of my eye. I diverted my focus just as a beautiful beast brutishly emerged from the depths almost like a submarine slowly surfacing. “It’s a humpback!” one of the boat’s naturalists hollered.

© Rafeed Hussain

I was frozen as I made eye contact with the beauty for a momentous moment as she began to submerge herself again. Her beady black eyes were dark but they were a window into the light beneath them. There was an undeniable sense of consciousness in her behemoth body.

Probably as big as a bus, her dark blue-gray skin was sporadically sprayed with white perfect imperfections while rough ridges cascaded down her spine.

I got my shot just as she disappeared.

The crowd cheered as I stood, awe struck. My first whale encounter was nothing like I imagined. She didn’t spray water out of her blowhole, majestically burst out of the sea or wave at us with her tail.

To quote Dory from Disney’s Finding Nemo, she “just kept swimming.” And that was a beautiful sight in its own right.

© Rafeed Hussain

We stayed in the vicinity for the next hour or so, spotting our serene cetacean surfacing for air several more times before we headed back to port. By the time we returned we had spotted over 80 dolphins, along with our lone gentle giant.

I was stunned. I’ve always considered myself well versed on all things “ocean” but I had no idea the waters off New York City could support so much life. Honestly, who would’ve thought?

I was so grateful for this opportunity and to experience the success of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This landmark law has been vital in protecting marine mammals since 1972.

Shockingly, a bill was recently introduced to Congress that would greatly weaken this law. It came right around last week’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In its defense, Ocean Conservancy took to Capitol Hill to educate decision-makers on the success of this legislation. I am proud of their efforts.

It is no small feat to see a whale just miles from one of the most populous cities on the planet. It left an indelible experience on me, as I’m sure it did the others on the boat that day.

Please join me and Ocean Conservancy in fighting for a future for our marine mammals.

Article source:

Fastback hardtop

Posted in Jeep Wranglers | Comments Off on Fastback hardtop

Originally Posted by Jaorr18
View Post

I love the fastback look as well and will being adding that to a mod for next spring. That being said have you ever considered the Trextop NX series? I dropped one on my 2012 JKU and loved it. I sold my hardtop on Craigslist and had enough money for the Trextop and a few other mods!!!

‘ + ‘ ‘ + google_ads[i].line2 + ‘ ‘ + google_ads[i].line3 + ‘ ‘ +
‘ +
google_ads[i].visible_url + ‘

} ”

if (google_ads[0].bidtype == “CPC”) { /* insert this snippet for each ad call */
google_adnum = google_adnum + google_ads.length;


google_ad_client = ‘ca-pub-7865546952023728’;
google_ad_channel = ‘1284445223’;
google_ad_output = ‘js’;
google_max_num_ads = ‘6’;
google_ad_type = ‘text’;
google_feedback = ‘on’;
// —


2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sport

2008 Wrangler X — First Ever Jeep !!

Article source:

Dual Sport Day

Posted in Jeep Wranglers | Comments Off on Dual Sport Day

Click image for larger versionName:ForumRunner_20171116_134026.jpgViews:1Size:118.7 KBID:3824729

Click image for larger versionName:ForumRunner_20171116_134138.jpgViews:1Size:209.5 KBID:3824737

Click image for larger versionName:ForumRunner_20171116_134341.jpgViews:1Size:222.8 KBID:3824745

Click image for larger versionName:ForumRunner_20171116_134426.jpgViews:1Size:217.1 KBID:3824753

Article source:

Save Dolphins—Leave the Marine Mammal Protection Act Alone

Posted in Saving Mother Ocean | Comments Off on Save Dolphins—Leave the Marine Mammal Protection Act Alone

Last month we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

It has been at the foundation of our nation’s environmental policies since it became law in 1972, yielding some pretty remarkable results.

Dolphins, whales and sea lions can flip, flop and play anywhere near U.S. coastlines, free of potential threats from commercial and recreational fishermen. The MMPA’s success means that whale watching and taking pictures of sea lions lounging on the beach are common activities in our country.

The growth of our economy is dependent on coastal regions, which represented 75% of America’s economic growth between 1997 and 2007. Laws like the MMPA protect the mammals that bring life to the coastal tourism and recreation sectors of our economy. In 2016, coastal tourism and recreation represented 71% of employment in coastal industries and regions.

Why would anyone want to threaten a law that protects some of the Earth’s most majestic creatures?

The U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R. 3133 (SEA Act of 2017) aims to do just that. It is a gross rollback of administrative authority over the permit process for the incidental ‘take’ and ‘harassment’ of marine mammals. The SEA Act of 2017 seeks to weaken administrative authority over seismic air gun surveying for oil and gas in the Atlantic. It would also derail integral procedures like Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA’s) that authorize the incidental take of small quantities of marine mammals; these permits are usually given to commercial fishing companies. IHA permit holders could exempt themselves from adhering to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), causing harm to endangered populations of marine mammals with no repercussions for commercial fishing companies or seismic air gun surveying companies.

Making matters worse, the potential consequences of the SEA Act of 2017 have become even more dangerous. The reason? The legislation is now being rolled into an energy bill that is moving through the House of Representatives. Instead of members of Congress being able to vote against the bill directly, they now have to vote against the entire energy package.

Reforming permit review processes, at its core, is a problem of capacity and resources. If lawmakers wanted to make getting an IHA permit easier, more efficient and faster they would provide NOAA with more funding for its permitting department.

Three big ways the SEA Act of 2017 will hurt marine mammals: 

  1. New IHA permit guidelines: IHA permits are currently assigned to small geographic regions, making it illegal for commercial and recreational fishermen to accidentally take marine mammals out of their habitat if it is not within the geographic region the permit authorizes. This bill would give IHA permits a much broader geographic region, reducing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) authority over setting specific boundaries (square nautical miles M2) for the incidental ‘take’ of a marine mammal.
  2. Unrealistic permit approval timeline: Make the permit process less secure, favoring hasty approval over marine mammal safety. Puts artificial limits on the timeline NOAA scientist have to approve permits. Allotting NOAA scientist 120 days to approve or reject a permit, along with 14 days to approve or reject a permit extension. Under this bill, both extension permits and initial permits would automatically be approved if a decision is not made, by NOAA scientist, prior to the deadlines outlined in this legislation.
  3. Exemptions from impact monitoring: Eliminating the reporting responsibility and monitoring requirements that pertain to assessing the impact seismic air gun surveying has on the marine mammals present during the period the surveying activities are taking place.

Ocean Conservancy is among the many groups working to prevent legislation like the SEA Act of 2017 from becoming law.

Three ways how you can help:

  1. Call your Representative or Senator. Let them know that conservation laws like the MMPA have brought marine mammal species back from the brink of extinction. Threats to the protections outlined in the MMPA would have direct and negative consequences for marine mammals.
  2.  Request in-district meetings with your Representatives or Senators. Tell them why the MMPA is important to you. Let them know that your community does not support SEA Act of 2017.
  3. Share your story on social media. Get the word out and support marine mammal conservation using #defendmarinemammals and #TheMoreYouNOAA

Our ocean and the marine mammals that call it home need your help.  Join us in defending the MMPA!

Article source:

Bottom bolt thread size for running boards.

Posted in Jeep Wranglers | Comments Off on Bottom bolt thread size for running boards.

I found the answer after a little more searching, if the mods want to delete this thread they can. If not, and in case someone else wants to know here is where I found the bolt sizes I was looking for.

Hardware for Mopar OE JK side steps

Article source: