|Something fishy? NOAA economics study makes waves|In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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."