National Ocean Council Blog

  • Meet the National Ocean Council

    Find out who represents your new National Ocean Council.

    Co-Chairs

    White House Council on Environmental Quality
    Nancy Sutley, Chair

    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    Dr. John P. Holdren, Director

  • Obama Administration Officials Announce the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force

    EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
    COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
    WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    July 19, 2010                                                                                      
     
    WASHINGTON, DC – Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Final Recommendations prioritize actions for the NOC to pursue, and call for a flexible framework for coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes. 
     
    The NOC would coordinate across the Federal Government to implement the National Policy.  The Final Recommendations also call for the establishment of a Governance Coordinating Committee to formally engage with state, tribal, and local authorities.  The Final Recommendations are expected to be adopted into an Executive Order by President Obama.
     
    “President Obama recognized that our uses of the ocean are expanding at a rate that challenges our ability to manage significant and often competing demands,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  “With a growing number of recreational, scientific, energy, and security activities, we need a national policy that sets the United States on a new path for the conservation and sustainable use of these critical natural resources.”

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