by Nick Delgado
Guam - Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joined California Congressman Sam Farr today in reintroducing the Marine Debris Reauthorization Amendments of 2011. The bill would amend the existing program to address the adverse impacts marine debris has on the environment, navigation safety and the economy through investigation and prevention.
The measure would also streamline the program to above any overlaps or conflicts with the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies. Bordallo states, "Marine debris poses serious threats to our birds and fisheries, while also affecting navigational safety, and polluting our beaches. This bill helps to protect the economic benefit that our ocean ecosystems provide our community through tourism and fisheries.
"Guam would greatly benefit from the passage of the marine debris reauthorization, as it would give states and local communities the tools we need to effectively protect our marine environments and wildlife."