National Ocean Policy Resources

The tools provided here are the foundational documents that will provide interested individuals the opportunity to learn more about our Nation’s Policy to protect, maintain and restore the ocean, our coasts and Great Lakes.

Coalition & Supporting Member Documents

Official National Ocean Policy Documents and Links

This section contains official resources and documents released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, agency documents to support implementation of the National Ocean Policy, and reports by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative effort of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.

Website Links

National Ocean Council (NOC) Website

National Ocean Council & Marine Planning Website

National Ocean Council Blog

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration CMSP Page  

Department of Interior NOP Page

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI)

Ocean Policy Documents

81 KB 11-20 Final - Ocean Community Letter for WRDA Conference

Description: 200+ stakeholders support the National Ocean Policy
384 KB Administration Supportive NOP WRDA letter

Description: A Letter from the Department of Defense, Department of the Army to the Water Resources Development Act conference committee chairs and committee ranking members that includes STRONG opposition to the Flores Rider - hampering the US Army Corps of Engineers from participating in the National Ocean Policy.
5 MB America's Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans To Support A Vibrant Economy (JOCI Report) (June 7, 2011)

Description: The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is dedicated to helping the U.S. and its leaders focus on ocean policy priorities that will ensure that our oceans and coasts are managed effectively and efficiently going forward. If fully implemented, the following recommended actions would ensure that the National Ocean Policy helps the U.S. achieve important economic, environmental, and societal goals. In 2012, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative will assess progress on these recommendations publicly, similar to previous U.S. Ocean Policy Report Cards issued by the Joint Initiative.
2 MB Charting the Course: Securing the Future for America's Oceans (JOCI) (June 20, 2013)

Description: This report was developed by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a bipartisan collaboration of senior leaders representing diverse interests in our oceans. It presents recommended actions that the Obama Administration and Congress should implement to effectively manage our ocean resources so that we can ensure they are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
729 KB Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (January 12, 2012)

Description: The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are integral to who we are as a Nation, and are among our greatest assets. They feed us, support millions of jobs, and provide recreation. They are part of our communities and cultures, and enhance our national security by their mere presence. With 53 percent of our population living in coastal counties according to the most recent census, and that percentage expected to grow to 63 percent by 2020, the United States is a coastal nation. Our valuable ocean and coastal resources are vulnerable to misuse, and need to be thoughtfully managed to ensure they will be healthy and productive for current and future generations.
22 KB Executive Order 13547 - Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts and the Great Lakes (July 19, 2010)

Description: EXECUTIVE ORDER, STEWARDSHIP OF THE OCEAN, OUR COASTS, AND THE GREAT LAKES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security.
2 MB Federal Oceanographic Fleet Status Report (May 28, 2013)

Description: We are pleased to deliver the enclosed Federal Oceanographic Fleet Status Report—an inventory of the Nation’s fleet of oceanographic-survey and research vessels—which updates the last such report, published in 2007. This Fleet Report reviews existing fleet infrastructure and modernization plans to support Federal agency oceanographic operations, surveys, and research; provide access to the world’s oceans and Great Lakes; enable data collection, surveys, and scientific ocean research; and support implementation of the National Ocean Policy.
4 MB Final Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Recommendations (July 19, 2010)

Description: THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Final Recommendations Of The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. In order to better meet our Nation’s stewardship responsibilities for the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes, President Obama established the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force (Task Force) on June 12, 2009.
4 MB Final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (April 16, 2013)

Description: Developed collaboratively by the agencies of the National Ocean Council and based on the work initiated by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force in 2009, this National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (Plan) provides clear direction to Federal agencies and increased specificity to partners and stakeholders.
233 KB Final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan Appendix (April 16, 2013)

Description: This appendix presents the actions that Federal agencies will take to achieve the outcomes described in the Implementation Plan. The actions contained here encompass and further the nine National Priority Objectives of the National Ocean Policy. They reflect and capture the actions previously identified under the National Priority Objectives as those that will yield the greatest benefit to the Nation.
4 MB House of Representatives Letter to WRDA Committee

Description: The letter from members of the House to their colleagues on the WRDA Conference Committee asking them to SUPPORT NEO.
146 KB Marine Planning Handbook (July 2013)

Description: The purpose of this Handbook is to provide information and guidance to regions that choose to establish regional planning bodies and develop marine plans.
15 KB Presidential Memorandum 2009 - National Ocean Policy

Description: MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE OCEANS, OUR COASTS, AND THE GREAT LAKES The oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security.
4 MB Representative Capps & Farr NOP Implementation Plan Support Letter (May 20, 2013)

Description: Congress of the United States. Dear Chairwoman Sutley and Director Holdren: On behalf of Representatives from across the United States, we write to congratulate and thank you for releasing the Final Implementation Plan ("Plan") of the National Ocean Polict ("NOP"). This demonstrates the Administration's strong commitment to promoting the economic strength of our ocean economy, ensuring the health and resilience of our treasured ocean and coastal resources, and establishing a comprehensive, proactive approach anchored in sound science.
662 KB Senate Dear Colleague NOP WRDA Letter

Description: The letter from members of the Senate to their colleagues on the WRDA Conference Committee asking them to OPPOSE THE FLORES RIDER.
3 MB U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card 2012 (JOCI) (June 6, 2012)

Description: The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative’s 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card is an assessment of the nation’s progress toward implementing the National Ocean Policy. The Joint Initiative applauds President Obama for creating the National Ocean Policy through Executive Order in July 2010 and for establishing the National Ocean Council to lead its implementation.
519 KB WRDA Dive Community NOP Support Letter

Description: 74 members of the dive community gather in support of the National Ocean Policy and National Endowment for the Oceans to Water Resources Development Act Conference Committee Members.
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