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.
"Social scientists have also made it clear why transparent planning processes that respectfully include and resonate with the majority of coastal inhabitants are really the only tenable path forward. These are now proven means to ensure balanced and sustained progress toward ecological and social goals." says Patrick Christie, Professor at University of Washington.