On June 12, President Obama took the first step toward fundamentally changing US ocean conservation.
The President’s proclamation on ocean policy and marine spatial planning will transform how America governs our oceans. He gave federal agencies 180 days to create the ecosystem-based framework for managing our ocean’s places, a major departure from the current system, which almost completely overlooks the patterns and needs of nature and people.
This is the national change we have dreamed of for 16 years, and exemplifies why MCBI exists. It’s happening because of our efforts and because the visionary marine ecologist who is the oceans’ leading champion, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, is now Administrator of NOAA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catalyze change to save our oceans. This new policy initiative will likely have more direct impact on America’s oceans than any in US history.