WCS Criticizes the Elimination of U.S. National Ocean Policy

June 20, 2018

Photo Credit: ©Georgia DNR under NOAA permit #15488

The National Ocean Policy was established by Executive Order in 2010, based on decades of research and public input and the recommendations of two bipartisan ocean commissions that called for improved coordination of our shared ocean resources. It allows overlapping agencies to coordinate the best way to conserve the ocean, the wildlife that calls it home, and the jobs and livelihoods that rely on it.

Eliminating the policy could have a significant impact. “The National Ocean Policy works," said WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli in a statement. "Multiple federal agencies have come together with state and tribal governments to proactively find planning solutions that protect both marine wildlife, jobs, transportation, and even national security."

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