National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan Comment Period Open

13 January 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-4

Yesterday the National Ocean Council released a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Planfor public comment. This draft Implementation Plan moves the Federal government forward in a strategic manner to address some of the most pressing challenges and overlapping issues facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Our marine environment is vital to our nation’s economy and security as well as a source of national pride.  Human uses of these regions are expanding at a rate that challenges our ability to manage significant and often competing demands, while the health of these ecosystems is rapidly deteriorating. The National Ocean Policy and the draft Implementation Plan provide our nation with priorities for action to ensure we sustainably manage and protect our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes for current and future generations.

Public comment is being accepted on this draft Implementation Plan until 27 February 2012.