On September 17, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The report is in response to a Memorandum issued by President Obama on June 12 to the Heads of the Executive Departments and Agencies, stating “In order to better meet our Nation’s stewardship responsibilities for the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, there is established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, to be led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.” The Interim Report provides a preliminary overview of suggested National Policy, Policy Coordination Framework, and Implementation to best meet the President’s charge. The report is open for a 30 day public comment period. The Task Force seeks input on its work from interested communities, governments, tribes, businesses, associations, non-governmental organizations and the general public.
On September 24, Obama Administration officials will hold their third regional Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The public is encouraged to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. The meeting will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Ballrooms D & E, One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903. More information