Posted on March 31, 2015 by Sarah Winter Whelan
Healthy Oceans Coalition Heartened by White House Commitment to the National Ocean Policy and Healthy Oceans
Contact: Sarah Winter Whelan, Director Healthy Oceans Coalition 503.267.9577
March 31, 2015 – Sarah Winter Whelan, Director of the Healthy Oceans Coalition released this statement regarding the White House’s release of its Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy.
“We are excited and invigorated by the release of the Report as it points to the ‘in the water’ progress the Federal family is making toward full implementation of the National Ocean Policy,” says Sarah Winter Whelan. “We see this as the ‘doubling down’ John Podesta promised last summer on the White House’s efforts to improve the health and management of America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes, including work to tackle the dire threats of ocean acidification and climate change.”
Many from around the country agree. Says Jennifer Felt, Ocean Campaign Director for Conservation Law Foundation, “New England’s coast and ocean are among our region’s greatest economic, environmental and cultural assets. The Report demonstrates our country’s ongoing commitment to help to grow our coastal and maritime economy while restoring and protecting ocean and coastal ecosystems. We look forward to working together to build on the progress that has been made and celebrate New England’s unique maritime heritage.”
Similarly, “the Surfrider Foundation applauds the progress made by the National Ocean Council in implementing the National Ocean Policy. In particular, we appreciate the support for regional ocean planning in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and other regions. Such ocean planning will help ensure that future decisions about the ocean are informed by strong science and meaningful input from coastal communities and the public,” says Pete Stauffer, Surfrider’s Environmental Director.
The National Ocean Policy is a coordinated, science-based, proactive approach to aligning the many uses of our ocean and coasts. Founded on over ten years of bipartisan support, the National Ocean Policy was formally established in 2010 by President Obama months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The National Ocean Policy seeks to better align existing management among the 20+ federal agencies while also looking to stronger collaboration and coordination with the Nation’s coastal regions and ocean users.
The Healthy Oceans Coalition is an active coalition of dozens of national, regional and local organizations and many citizens around the country working to support implementation of the National Ocean Policy and regional marine planning. For more information go to www.healthyoceanscoalition.org or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.