11 Jan '12, 2pm

Action Plan for Nation's First-Ever Ocean Policy Imminent

The year 2012 promises hope for the future of America’s oceans. Changes are expected that will help the creatures that live below the surface, the people who live and vacation along our coasts, and the clean energy developers who want to tap into the vast wind potential that lies off our shores. Any day now, the National Ocean Council – a forum for federal agencies – will release a draft blueprint of how we should best tackle the major threats facing ocean life, such as ocean acidification, habitat protection, water quality and pollution. We are looking forward to a robust public discussion of how we can help. Putting a strong ocean action plan in place is one of the key deliverables of the national ocean policy set into motion by President Obama in 2010. The national ocean policy – for the first time ever – calls on agencies to coordinate their offshore work and ensure th...

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