In a recent report published in Science magazine in June 2018, it has been confirmed that the proposed federal budget for the year 2019 calls for the elimination of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program.
For those who don’t know about, the program has been established in 1935 by the US Geological Survey (USG) as a way to implement science as the basis for creating wildlife policies. Research is facilitated by the Cooperative Research Units (CRU). The work and findings of the scientists have helped in the management of natural resources, including marine animals. Among their many successes is their work in Colorado Plateau and Klamath River Basin.
If the Trump Administration is to eliminate the program’s funding, more than 700 projects will be affected. It will also dissolve all partnerships that have provided opportunities for graduate students and unit leaders to conduct researches. This will have great effects on the academic jobs and the US economy. Worst of all, it might lead to disregarding the preservation of the country’s fauna and flora.
This will, of course, affect those in the fishery industry. With less reliable data coming from scientific researches, it’ll be harder to make informed growth and sustainability decisions.
If approved, it will greatly affect not only the USG and the CRU but also private organizations like the American Fishing Chamber. Faculty members of the public organizations across all states will be terminated, and their research projects will be abandoned. Meanwhile, American Fishing Chamber and other non-profit organizations will have to double their efforts in conducting research and making informed suggestions in managing the industry.
The proposal has not been approved yet, and the US Geological Survey (USG) and Cooperative Research Units (CRU) hope for some changes in it.