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48 st / June 2014 www.sea-technology.com mercial, environmental and security interests in the region. The position also signals our country's commitment to inter- national cooperation on Arctic policy." Ocean Champions Endorses Brownley, Honda for California Ocean Champions, which works to build political power for the oceans by helping to re-elect pro-ocean candidates to the U.S. Congress, has endorsed several candidates, in- cluding Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) for a second term rep- resenting California's 26th District. Brownley serves on the House Committee on Science Space and Technology and its Subcommittee on the Environment. She has received at- tention for her work with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to protect California's endangered sea otter population. Ocean Champions also endorsed Rep. Mike Honda (D- Calif.) for California's 17th District. He is a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which funds NOAA. His perspective will be critical as negotiations over reauthorizing the Mag- nuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act begin to heat up. AAPA Testifes Against National Preparedness Grant Program Bill Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Port of Long Beach Security Director Randy Parsons told the U.S. House Committee on Home- land Security that the association has a fundamental philo- sophical difference with the Barack Obama Administration over its proposed National Preparedness Grant Program legislation, which would move seaport security grants from the federal to the state level. Parsons, head of security for the U.S.'s second-busiest container port, said the proposed bill would put the U.S. at greater risk for terrorism because increased competition for grants with emergency responder programs would mean less funding for seaport security. Port security grants are often used to help seaport facili- ties address mandates for federal agencies, but state agen- cies are often unaware of such mandates and don't have the expertise to determine risks to international borders such as ports, according to AAPA. Louisiana to Get $1.1 Million For Coastal Restoration Louisiana will receive $1.1 million to restore its coast thanks to the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) authored and passed by Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The money is Louisiana's share of the $4.2 million going to Gulf Coast states from the revenues produced off their shores in 2013. GOMESA, which Landrieu passed in 2006 with Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), allows Louisiana and energy-pro- ducing states in the Gulf to share 37.5 percent of the rev- enues generated in bids, bonuses, royalties and rental pay- ments, and opens up 8.3 million acres in the Gulf for new exploration and drilling—the frst time in a quarter-century. Landrieu called for the passage of her bipartisan FAIR Act that will accelerate the date for all payments, lift the $500 million cap and expand revenue sharing to all coastal states producing energy. The payments will be used for wetlands restoration, hurricane protection and food control. n JUN2014.indd 48 6/4/14 12:48 PM

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