Working toward an America whose stewardship ensures that the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations.
An ocean policy has been called for by diverse ocean leaders for over ten years. In 2010, President Obama turned these recommendations into reality by establishing the first comprehensive stewardship policy to protect, maintain and restore the oceans, our coasts, and Great Lakes.
From the Pacific Islands to New England, people in coastal areas are discovering the benefits found within the National Ocean Policy and marine planning. Surf to your section of America to see what’s going on.
The National Ocean Policy needs our support. This commonsense policy balances uses while protecting important places. Find your way to support our nation’s first ever comprehensive ocean, coastal and Great Lakes policy.
Thank you Representative Sam Farr aka #1 Ocean Champion:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D- Calif., released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee rejected his amendment on a party-line vote to remove anti-National Ocean Policy (NOP) language from the FY2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill:
“You have to appreciate the irony of Republicans voting on Earth Day to weaken the ability to manage our greatest natural resource.
“This constant attack on our oceans is misguided. First initiated by President Bush, National Ocean Policy is a common sense approach to managing our oceans. It tears down the silos that exist between all levels of government, private industries and the public to promote economic growth. NOP is about smarter, more efficient government, not increased bureaucracy.”