The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Departments of Defense, the Interior and Homeland Security invite you to a Town Hall forum for ocean stakeholders in New England on President Obama’s new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. The forum will be held on Thursday, December 9th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA. More >>
President Obama has issued an Executive Order that creates the nation’s first comprehensive national policy to govern the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. This landmark effort seeks to provide a comprehensive structure for managing multiple uses in the ocean, ranging from oil and gas extraction and exploration to recreation and much more.
Prior to this new National Ocean Policy, the United States had a regulatory jumble of more than 140 different and often conflicting laws pertaining to ocean management, all of which were overseen by more than 20 separate agencies. What this new policy enables is well-thought-out interaction with the ocean, allowing us to protect sensitive ecosystems while still providing avenues for fishing, shipping and developing renewable energy in ways that minimize the impacts on the environment.
The President’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force developed this policy after more than a year of holding hearings, gathering public input and finding coordinated ways for ensuring the protection, maintenance and restoration of the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes.
On June 12, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum Establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and a Presidential Proclamation naming June 2009 National Oceans Month. The Memorandum calls for the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to, within 90 days, deliver recommendations for a National Policy for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes. Within 180 days, the Task Force shall develop a recommended framework for coastal and marine spatial planning. The Proclamation names June 2009 as National Oceans Month and calls for Americans to learn more about the oceans and what citizens can do to conserve them. Read the Memorandum and Proclamation