National Ocean Policy Hearing

On July 19, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13547, “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” known as the National Ocean Policy. The executive order establishes a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the ecological health of our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, and to promote sustainable uses of these waters to strengthen coastal economies. The executive order establishes a National Ocean Council to implement the policy. The Council is an outgrowth of the previous White House Committee on Ocean Policy created by President George W. Bush in 2004.

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the National Ocean Policy (NOP). Specifically, the hearing focused on how the National Ocean Policy would impact jobs and energy production. Marine Conservation Institute strongly supports the National Ocean Policy and the implementation tool called Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). Click here for FAQs regarding MSP and the National Ocean Policy.


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