As the world’s largest ocean surveyor, Maine is a place of pride and excitement for the state.
But now the state’s surveyors are on a collision course with the world.
On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new, controversial rule that would require Maine’s ocean survey officers to report their findings to the government when they find something that could harm wildlife.
The rule will likely spark a fierce backlash from the state industry and industry groups, and could result in layoffs and the loss of some jobs.
But there’s a silver lining: The rule would allow scientists to better understand and report their results to the public.
This article originally appeared on The Atlantic.
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