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Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Threatens a Sustainable Economy

Pebble Mine project article icon Issue Brief A proposal to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit mines in a remote and pristine corner of Alaska could destroy some of America’s most valuable fisheries.

By Jessica Goad, Shiva Polefka, Michael Conathan, and Christy Goldfuss | Thursday, June 27, 2013

What President Obama’s Climate Plan Means for the Ocean

President Obama at GeorgetownThe president’s major speech on climate change set the stage for policies that will improve the health of our planet, including the 71 percent of it that is covered by oceans.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rockets Top Submarines: Space Exploration Dollars Dwarf Ocean Spending

Federal space-exploration spending outpaces ocean spending by more than 150-to-1, even though we already have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor.

By Michael Conathan | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, June 6, 2013

A ‘Day of Reckoning’ for the New England Groundfishery

Fishing boatsThough new fishing regulations on New England fishermen are stricter than ever before, they are still the best hope for an industry on the verge of potential collapse.

By Michael Conathan | Friday, May 3, 2013

An Ocean Champion in the White House

Pacific OceanRecent actions by the Obama administration show a renewed commitment to healthy oceans and a robust coastal economy.

By Michael Conathan | Friday, April 26, 2013

Top 5 Ocean Priorities for the New Secretary of State

In his new role as secretary of state, John Kerry can take action on climate change, Arctic management, and pirate fishing to defend our oceans and preserve marine life.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Friday, March 29, 2013

The Dollars and Science of Fishery Management

Rep. Ed. Markey (D-MA)Some legislators are trying to eat their fish and have them too.

By Michael Conathan | Friday, March 29, 2013

Making the Economic Case for Offshore Wind

Wind turbines in the Netherlands article icon Issue Brief Investing in domestic offshore wind to diversify our energy portfolio is a commitment worth making.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, February 28, 2013

10 Ways the Sequester Will Expose Americans to Greater Health Risks and Other Perils

California wildfire article icon Issue Brief The sequester will have significant impacts on many public health and clean energy programs.

By Daniel J. Weiss, Michael Conathan, and Jessica Goad | Friday, February 22, 2013

Filling the Sails of Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore windThe key to offshore wind energy’s success is putting it on equal economic footing with traditional fossil-fuel energy sources.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, January 31, 2013

As the Music Stops for Sandy Funding, NOAA Left Without a Chair

Hurricane SandyKey priorities for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and coastal lawmakers missed the boat for funding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

By Michael Conathan | Friday, January 25, 2013

Rescue the Coast Guard

Lawrence J. Korb and Michael Conathan explain why a unified national security budget would be good news for the Coast Guard.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Michael Conathan | Friday, January 11, 2013

7 Ways that Looming Budget Cuts to Public Lands and Oceans Will Affect All Americans

A wildlands firefighter stands in front of a wildfire article icon Issue Brief Sequestration will inflict massive cuts on programs that protect our public lands and oceans—cuts that will impact all of us in a variety of ways.

By Jessica Goad, Michael Conathan, and Christy Goldfuss | Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oceans ’13: The Post-Election Future of Ocean Policy

Olympia SnoweMichael Conathan breaks down the effect of the recent national elections on our oceans and coasts.

By Michael Conathan | Friday, November 16, 2012