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MAY 2018

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26 ST | May 2018 Trump's 2019 Budget For BOEM, BSEE U.S. President Donald Trump proposed a $179.3 mil- lion fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In January 2018, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zin- ke announced the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019 to 2024 National OCS Program, which proposes 47 potential lease sales for consideration, the largest number of lease sales ever proposed for a National OCS Program's five-year lease schedule. Trump's budget re- quest includes $9.4 million to build a new National OCS Program that considers the 25 planning areas identified by the DPP and begins implementing the new program. For the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforce- ment (BSEE), Trump proposed a $199.9 million FY 2019 budget. This includes an estimate of $67.9 million in off- setting collections. Offsetting collections includes $20.3 million for rental receipts, $3.8 million for cost recover- ies and $43.8 million for inspection fees. Texas's First Federally Endangered Mussel Species In February, the Texas hornshell mussel, Popenaias popeii, became the first among 15 state-threatened fresh- water species to receive federal protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. A team of Texas A&M AgriLife scientists led by Dr. Charles Randklev in Dallas now works alongside collab- orators from Laredo Community College and the Illinois Natural History Survey to better understand the species' ecology and taxonomy. Their goal is to identify contrib- uting factors to the Texas hornshells' decline and provide data to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to aid in its protection and re- covery. There are places where Texas hornshell occurs in the Rio Grande where it is clear increases in water tempera- ture and salinity are occurring. Impacts on these popu- lations will likely worsen with climate change and in- creasing human activity in these regions. These mussels provide important ecosystem services to humans, and their decline will eventually affect human health issues. Grants Target Impacts Of Derelict Fishing Gear The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced a request for proposals for the Fishing for En- ergy Grant Program, Up to $2 million in grant funding is available to support strat- egies that reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear in marine and coastal environments. The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $100,000 to $500,000. capital report

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