$383 Million in Fish Welfare: Oinking from the Beltway Continues

Citizens Against Government Waste has just released their annual pork report. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer provides some details:

The anti-pork group has a pretty broad definition of what constitutes pork. Anything not specifically requested by President Bush automatically qualifies. Others prefer the know-it-when-you-see-it test.

Lots of earmarks qualify under either criterion. Consider a $1 million water-free urinal conservation initiative obtained by Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., or a $500,000 grant for the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska, slipped into a Pentagon spending bill by GOP Sen. Ted Stevens.

Even though term limit rules have forced Stevens out as Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, he still runs its defense subcommittee and managed to deliver $325 million to Alaska, according to the group’s estimates. That comes to about $490 per man, woman and child in the state.

Just slightly behind – at least on a per capita basis – is Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who has a peas-in-a-pod relationship with Stevens as the top Democrat on that Appropriations subcommittee. Inouye helped deliver $482 million to Hawaii, or $378 per person.

The nationwide average is $31 in pork per capita. That means larger states such as Georgia, Florida, Texas and Michigan are not getting an equal share compared with smaller states represented by veterans like Stevens, Inouye, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. ($132 per capita), or Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss. ($110).

If you’re curious about how your money is spent, check out the database. I searched all bills and states for the word “fish” and came up with 187 appropriations with a grand total of $382,726,000.00. That’s almost four hundred million dollars of fishy pork!

I can understand why politicians would pay off people in order to stay in power. I have no idea in the world why they’d pay off fish, though. Their data on fish welfare appears right after the jump:

StateCostDescriptionStatusAppropriationFiscal Year
AL $75,000Catfish genome (Agricultural Research Service: Salaries and Expenses)NBR, SAG06
VA $476,000Fish
and shellfish technologies (Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service, Research and Education Activities – Special Research
Grants)
NBRAG06
OR $365,000Molluscan
shellfish (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Service, Research and Education Activities – Special Research Grants)
NBRAG06
AL $80,000Vaccines and microbe control for fish health (Agricultural Research Service: Salaries and Expenses)NBR, SAG06
 $3,000,000To maintain a partnership between USDA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Conservation Programs)NBRAG06
 $550,000Horseshoe crab research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
NH $3,000,000Large Pelagics Research Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
VA $500,000Virginia trawl survey (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $1,500,000Highly migratory sharks (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, HCOM06
 $2,800,000Reducing bycatch (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
HI $750,000Hawaii fisheries development (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $2,000,000Groundline Exchange Pilot Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AL $1,000,000Gulf shrimp bycatch and reduction research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $22,000,000Enforcement and surveillance (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
HI $500,000Hawaii Stock Enhancement Program [Oceanic Institute] (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $1,200,000Driftnet Act implementation (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MA $1,800,000Scallop fishery assessment (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
TX $2,300,000Southern shrimp industry fishing effort research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MD $1,200,000NAIB conservation and education programs (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, CCOM06
RI $200,000Narragansett Bay Window Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, CCOM06
CA $500,000OREHP (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, CCOM06
HI $1,500,000Hawaii seafood safety and inspections (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $5,000,000Center for ecosystem-based fisheries management (NOAA – Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction)NBR, CCOM06
 $2,500,000Fisheries survey replacement #2 (NOAA – Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction)NBR, SCOM06
 $5,500,000Fisheries survey vessel #3 (NOAA – Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction)NBR, SCOM06
 $400,000Consortium for Fisheries and Wildlife Conflict Management (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
ME $500,000Atlantic salmon/Penobscot River habitat restoration (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $2,000,000Community Development Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, CCOM06
HI $5,000,000Pacific Island Regional Office/Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
FL $350,000Science Consortium on Ocean Research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $3,000,000SE cooperative research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
NY $1,000,000Bronx River restoration (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, HCOM06
AK $2,000,000Cooperative research: North Pacific Research Board (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MD $2,750,000National cooperative research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $3,750,000NE cooperative research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $3,000,000New England multi-species survey (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
ME $5,000,000Northeast consortium (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
HI $2,500,000Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $1,468,000Antarctic research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $1,500,000Climate regimes & ecosystem productivity (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $2,000,000Computer hardware and software (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $850,000Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment & Prediction Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $1,385,000Southeast Area Monitoring & Assessment Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $3,000,000New England lobster fishery research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $1,500,000Fish extension (NOAA – Oceanic and Atmospheric Research)NBR, SCOM06
 $441,000Management of George’s Bank (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MA $500,000Merrimack River fish habitat/land conservation (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
FL $1,000,000Pinellas County Environmental Foundation (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, HCOM06
 $350,000East Coast observers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
WA $280,000Lower Elwha River habitat restoration (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MD $4,000,000Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $2,000,000Oyster restoration [Chesapeake] (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
AL $2,500,000Mobile Bay Oyster Recovery (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $13,000,000Community-Based Restoration Grants (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
CT $400,000Connecticut River Partnership (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $100,000Refine EFH designations (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MD $5,000,000Blue Crab Advanced Research Consortium (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
MD $15,000,000Habitat Conservation (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
OR $5,000,000West Coast observers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $800,000South Atlantic/gulf shrimp observers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $3,000,000National Observers Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $5,500,000NE groundfish court ordered observers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $1,500,000North Pacific marine resources observers/N. Pacific Observers Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
HI $4,000,000Hawaii Longline Observer Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $16,000,000Cooperative agreement with states (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $9,300,000Vessel monitoring system (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)SCOM06
 $3,348,000Atlantic coast observers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $700,000National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NOAA – National Ocean Service)NBR, SCOM06
MS $5,000,000Center for Marine Education and Research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
NC $6,004,000Center for Coastal Fisheries Habitat Research (NOAA – National Ocean Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $8,000,000Marine Mammal Protection/NMFS Activities (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $5,000,000Marine Mammal Initiative (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $150,000North Pacific fixed gear research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $4,000,000Prescott Grant Program (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
DC $2,000,000Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence (Discretionary Grants – Juvenile Justice Programs)NBR, HCOM06
 $1,500,000Right Whale: cooperative state plans (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $6,313,000Right Whale activities (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $500,000Recovery of endangered large whales (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $1,500,000North Pacific Southern resident Orca population (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $150,000Alaska Native Marine Mammal Co-management; Harbor Seals (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
IL $250,000Shedd Center for the Great Lakes (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MS $2,500,000Bottlenose Dolphins: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $2,000,000Dolphin encirclement (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $3,500,000Pacific Coastal Fisheries Information Network (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $198,000Atlantic herring and mackerel (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $240,000Alaskan groundfish surveys: calibration studies (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $4,800,000West Coast Groundfish (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $5,000,000Red Snapper monitoring and research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $902,000New England stock depletion (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
ME $519,000Gulf of Maine groundfish survey (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
NJ $790,000Bluefish/striped bass: Rutgers (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
MD $700,000Bluefish/striped bass: Chesapeake Bay (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $692,000Bluefish/striped bass (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
CA $900,000CAL-COFI (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, CCOM06
 $2,500,000National Fisheries Information System (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $4,250,000Gulf Fisheries Information Network (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $2,400,000Marine Fisheries Initiative (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $2,000,000Bottlenose Dolphins (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $300,000Chinook salmon research at Auke Bay (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $235,000Dolphin/yellowfin tuna research (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
HI $825,000Hawaiian Monk Seals (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $850,000Alaska Seals and Sea Lions: Endangered Species Act (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
OR $16,522,000Columbia River Hatcheries (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
OR $500,000Columbia River Hatchery Reform (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
SC $250,000RECFIN (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $150,000Chinook salmon management (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $3,445,000Recreational Fishery Information Network (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $400,000International Fisheries Commission (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $750,000Interstate fish commissions (3) (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $9,250,000Interstate Fish Commission: Atlantic Cooperative Management (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $2,000,000Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
AK $3,200,000Alaska Fisheries Information Network (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
 $7,000,000Pacific Salmon Treaty (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBR, SCOM06
MD $500,000Chesapeake Bay multi-species management (NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service)NBRCOM06
 $3,500,000Kingfisher II hybrid UAV/USV (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Navy)NBR, HDEF06
MI $375,000Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystems Restoration Program (Corps of Engineers: Construction)NBR, CENERGY06
ND $200,000Hatchery renovation, Garrison Dam NFH (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
NH $500,000Lake Umbagog (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
 $5,000,000Visitor Contact Facilities, Servicewide (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
WV $190,000Canaan Valley NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
HI $550,000Endangered bird conservation (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
WY $150,000Thunder Basin Initiative (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
MS $1,000,000Wildlife Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
CA $540,000Conservation work at the Don Edwards NWR (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
VT $100,000Bald Eagle restoration with the Vermont Natural Heritage Partners Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
NV $1,250,000Nevada biodiversity research and conservation (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
MT $500,000Montana Water Center wild fish habitat initiative (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
MT $700,000Big Hole Watershed restoration (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
WA $1,000,000Shoreline restoration (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
RI $525,000Rhode Island Refuge complex (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
AL $421,000Cahaba NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
NH $425,000Study
of declining wildlife populations on Lake Umbagog NWR with the New
Hampshire Audubon Society (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
NBR, SINT06
ND $100,000Invasive species control by the Friends of Lake Sakakawea (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
AK $4,000,000Visitor Center, Kodiak NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $210,000Fish hatchery maintenance (Bureau of Indian Affairs)NBR, SINT06
IL $2,625,000Visitor Center Dam rehabilitation, Crab Orchard NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)SINT06
 $100,000Survey and monitoring for migratory birds (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
AK $450,000Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association (Bureau of Indian Affairs)NBR, SINT06
KY $200,000Clark’s River NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
NJ $300,000Edwin B. Forsythe (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
DE $250,000Primehook NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
 $500,000Lahontan cutthroat trout (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $1,000,000Penobscot River Restoration Project (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $1,000,000Atlantic salmon recovery (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $1,200,000Eider and sea otter recovery (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
WV $350,000White Sulphur Springs NFH (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
$500,000Northern Tallgrass Prairie (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
$500,000Dakota Tallgrass Prairie (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
PA $250,000Water supply improvements, Allegheny NFH (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
TX $800,000Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
CA $1,000,000Water supply and management, Klamath Basin NWR Complex (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
 $2,000,000Fish Screens, Northwest Power Planning Area (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
VA $2,000,000Eastern Shore (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
TX $400,000Laguna Atascosa NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
MT $1,000,000Rocky Mountain Front (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
WV $435,000Erosions protection for Middle & Buckley Islands, Ohio River Islands NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
OR $2,000,000Upper Klamath Lake NWR, Barnes Tract (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
VT $50,000Batten Kill River Project (Wildlife and Fish Habitat Management – Department of Agriculture)NBR, SINT06
WY $1,114,000Yellowstone Grizzly bear conservation strategy (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
MT $500,000Wildlife Health Center (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $1,400,000Whirling disease and related fish health issues (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBRINT06
 $600,000Hatchery operations (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
 $400,000Initiate the Central Hardwoods and the Northern Great Plains joint ventures (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
 $100,000National administration for a program assessment of existing joint ventures for migratory birds (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
 $100,000Population and habitat assessment for migratory birds (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
 $102,000Aquatic nuisance control (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $250,000National Conservation Training Center operations (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $397,000National Conservation Training Center maintenance (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBRINT06
TX $300,000Caddo Lake Ramsar Center (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
 $100,000Wildlife Without Borders Program in Africa (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBRINT06
 $375,000Focal species management (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, CINT06
ME $600,000Rachel Carson (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
NM $2,100,000Laboratory construction, Sevilleta NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
WA $2,250,000Visitor Center, Hanford Reach/Saddle Mountain NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBRINT06
AR $809,000Cache River NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
AK $500,000Geographic information system mapping of NWRs (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
AK $500,000Visitor Center/water and sewer lines, Kenai NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
OR $3,900,000Visitor Center and Administration Building, Tualatin NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
AK $300,000Togiak NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
CA $450,000San Joaquin River NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
LA $1,900,000Tensas River NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)SINT06
OR $3,355,000Renovation/Upgrade Facility, Clark R. Bavin Forensics Laboratory (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, HINT06
HI $700,000Ungulate control fencing, Hakalau Forest NWR (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
WV $525,000Maintenance,
grounds, improvements, quarters, rehabilitation, White Sulphur Springs
NFH (Construction – Fish and Wildlife Service)
NBR, CINT06
MA $650,000Silvio O. Conte National Forest NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, SINT06
AK $400,000Alaska Peninsula NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Service)NBR, SINT06
TX $500,000Balcones Canyonlands NWR (Land Acquisition – Fish and Wildlife Services)NBR, CINT06

Stephen Gordon

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5 Comments
  1. So what, exactly, is your point? Almost without exception, these seem like good things to assess. Would you rather these dollars be wasted, with lives uncounted, in Iraq or Afganistan to sustain the unsustainable? Do you think your readers know nothing of biology or of the sorry state of much of the biosphere, and especially, marine and fresh-water environments? Given the deteriorating state of fish stocks everywhere and the incredible waste alluded to earlier that only serves to perpetuate myths you apparently subscribe to by your extraordinarily ignorant statement about fish welfare (and by the way, the idea of a waterless urinal is way ahead of anything you appear to be able to think!), let us divert such paltry sums from the defense budget and begin to consider how to live on a world that is, for all we know, alone. Let’s hope the fish will be here with us in a few thousand years! If they are, it will in spite of your silly tyrades.

  2. “Equal share”? I want my greater, UNEQUAL share! I think pork spending should be quadrupled and all of it spent in my state! I’m sure I can come up with something that needs a grant. Let em eat cake!

  3. “Fish and shellfish technologies…”

    Damn! I didn’t even know that fish and shell fish had technologies.