Our ocean, coasts, Pacific Islands and Great Lakes are not just places of wonder and beauty -- they provide valuable jobs, food, energy resources, recreational and tourism opportunities. Our ocean and coastal waters also provide habitat for an incredible array of fish and wildlife. These waters have been central to our way of life as a maritime nation for generations. Healthy oceans, coasts and communities represent our heritage and our future.
Now is our chance to show the President that the public supports the newly established first ever national policy that will protect, maintain and restore the health of our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems! - Aaron Viles - Gulf Restoration Network
Currently, our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources are managed by more than 20 federal agencies and administered through a web of more than 140 different and often conflicting laws and regulations. This complex legal system often results in inadequate management of public and private activities, such as pollution control, fishing and shipping. A strong national policy would help to untangle the regulatory jumble by guiding and coordinating the work of all government agencies and their activities affecting ocean resource management.
On June 12, 2009 President Obama created a 23-member Ocean Policy Task Force to develop a first ever National Policy for our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. From August through November 2009 the Task Force hosted six public hearings around the nation (Alaska, the West Coast, the East Coast, the Pacific Islands, the Gulf Coast, and the Great Lakes) to gather public input on the need for a unifying National Policy for oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.
On July 19, 2010, President Obama signed the Executive Order establishing an integrated National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and Great Lakes. The National Ocean Policy (NOP) was developed through the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, based in part on the wealth of input from the public, stakeholders, state and local governments, tribes, and ocean industries. The Task Force recommendations and resulting NOP designed to “maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable oceans, coasts and Great Lakes resources for the benefit of this and future generations.” At its core, the NOP directs federal agencies to coordinate management activities, implement a science-based system of decision making, support safe and sustainable access and ocean uses, respect cultural practices and maritime heritage, and increase scientific understanding of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems. The NOP is implemented through a new body of 25 federal agencies and departments called the National Ocean Council (NOC). For more information, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov website.
President Obama signed an Executive Order on July 19th, 2010, offically adoptiong the final recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force which establishes a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.
The Task Force's final report to the President is out and signed, please take a moment to thank President Obama for making the National Ocean Policy a reality. Thank the President.
Obama Administration officials released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force on July 19, 2010, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination... Read More
Conservation Group Support Letter, February 19, 2010
Organizational Support Letter, February 12, 2010
Scientist Support Letter, February 5, 2010
Governor Gregoire Letter on Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Report, February 4, 2010
We are a group of committed citizens and conservationists across the nation who have a common goal: to support President Obama’s intent to establish a comprehensive National Policy that protects, maintains, and restores our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. Conservation organizations sharing this goal include: Blue Frontier Campaign, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment California, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Gulf Restoration Network, In Defense of Animals, Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Champions, Ocean Conservancy, Ocean Defenders Alliance, Ocean River Institute, Pacific Environment , Save Our Shores, Save the Waves, Sea Stewards, Surfrider and more!