Something Fishy? NOAA Economics Study Makes Waves

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Science  16 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6074, pp. 1292
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6074.1292

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An economist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is mailing checks for up to $500 to anglers in Massachusetts as part of an unusual study to assess the value of saltwater fisheries. But the research has sparked a fierce public backlash, with some bloggers warning that it hides a government effort to end recreational fishing. One member of Congress has labeled it "irresponsible" and "insane." NOAA and Massachusetts officials quickly disputed those claims, calling the study a valuable "scientific endeavor."