Other current projects include developing a national policy on marine aquaculture; addressing overfishing and other fisheries issues, including active participation on the Marine Fish Conservation Network Board of Advisors; submitting public comments on the work of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force; and participating in actions related to implementation of the National Ocean Policy created by President Obama's Executive Order. The latter includes coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem based management issues related to renewable energy facilities in marine and coastal areas.
Our Nation has long relied on the abundance of resources, economic value and natural beauty of our oceans and coasts, but we have not always managed our ocean with the care that it deserves.
Last year, President Obama established our Nation’s first National Ocean Policy in order to protect, maintain, and restore our ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes natural resources for present and future generations. Implementation of the National Ocean Policy will help our nation toward better ocean management and protection and restoration of our ocean, coasts, islands and Great Lakes. But now some Members of Congress are attempting to stop the National Ocean Policy with a backdoor attack through the FY12 Interior Appropriations Bill.
Reducing or eliminating federal funds for the development and implementation of the National Ocean Policy would be a “penny wise and pound foolish” approach to managing and sustaining our nation’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes and should be opposed. The National Ocean Policy is being implemented now with existing resources. Halting implementation of the National Ocean Policy would throw away two years worth of work, investment and commitment by state governments, commercial and industrial ocean users, universities and scientists, 25 federal agencies and departments and tens of thousands of citizens across the country.
CONGRESS WILL VOTE ON THESE AMENDMENTS SOON AFTER RETURNING FROM RECESS.
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!
Contact the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 and http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state. Urge your member of Congress to “Support funding and implementation of the National Ocean Policy and oppose any attempt to restrict implementation of the National Ocean Policy.”
You can also go to the Action Center and send an email to your representative.