President Obama signs an Executive Order establishing our Nation’s first National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

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  • Highlighting our National Ocean Policy

    Since President Obama created America’s first National Ocean Policy in 2010, Federal agencies have made tremendous progress to meet its objectives – working every day with communities across the Nation and stakeholders on the ground to improve the health of our oceans, support our economy, bolster safety and security, and better understand how our activities impact the ocean.

  • A Guide for Regional Marine Planning

    The National Ocean Council today released a Marine Planning Handbook to support the efforts of regions that choose to engage marine industries, stakeholders, the public, and government to advance their economic development and conservation priorities.

  • A Snapshot of Our Nation’s Scientific Ocean Vessels

    Released today, the Federal Oceanographic Fleet Status Report provides a comprehensive review of the Nation’s fleet of oceanographic survey and research vessels. These 47 ships are part of our Nation’s critical infrastructure, collecting vital information to help protect lives and property from marine hazards, measure and project global climate change and ocean acidification, enhance safety and security, and more.

  • What People Are Saying About the Oceans Plan

    Today, the Obama Administration released its plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people. Here is what people are saying about the plan.


As part of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Council has released the Implementation Plan to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. It describes the actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security.

Click here to review the Implementation Plan.


The National Ocean Council teamed with the initiative to create, an open and accessible website that houses and references a wealth of information and tools available to support ocean planning efforts.

National Ocean Council Implementation Plan
Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
Executive Order Establishing National Ocean Council