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Cover page of the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Task Force report to the President

On July 19th the White House released the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Task Force. President Obama is expected to except all the recommendations and instruct the agencies to adopt them in an anticipated Executive Order to be released at a later date.

 

Today the report provided to President Obama authored by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force was released by the White House.  The report includes recommendations to the President on a course for our nation to establish a national ocean policy. The Task Force recommendations, a little more than a year in the making, are a deliverable of the group, established by the President in an Executive Order in June 2009. The press release announcing the report can be viewed at this LINK and a PDF of the report can be viewed HERE.  

According to the White House press release, “The Final Recommendations [contained in the Task Force’s report] are expected to be adopted into an Executive Order by President Obama.”  

The report recommends the President adopt the following national policy:  

It is the Policy of the United States to:  

• Protect, maintain, and restore the health and biological diversity of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources;  

• Improve the resiliency of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems, communities, and economies;  

• Bolster the conservation and sustainable uses of land in ways that will improve the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems;  

• Use the best available science and knowledge to inform decisions affecting the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes, and enhance humanity’s capacity to understand, respond, and adapt to a changing global environment;  

• Support sustainable, safe, secure, and productive access to, and uses of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes;  

• Respect and preserve our Nation’s maritime heritage, including our social, cultural, recreational, and historical values;  

• Exercise rights and jurisdiction and perform duties in accordance with applicable international law, including respect for and preservation of navigational rights and freedoms, which are essential for the global economy and international peace and security;  

• Increase scientific understanding of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems as part of the global interconnected systems of air, land, ice, and water, including their relationships to humans and their activities;  

• Improve our understanding and awareness of changing environmental conditions, trends, and their causes, and of human activities taking place in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters; and  

• Foster a public understanding of the value of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes to build a foundation for improved stewardship.  

   

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.
A bio for Mr. Nuckols is located at www.WilliamHNuckols.com

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Written by Will Nuckols

July 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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