>Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

>The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.

As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, among the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force’s national objectives were:

1. Ecosystem-based management as a foundational principle for comprehensive management of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.

2. Coastal and marine spatial planning to resolve emerging conflicts to ensure that shipping lanes and wind, wave, and oil and gas energy development do not harm fisheries and water quality.

3. Improved coordination of policy development among federal state, tribal, local, and regional
managers of ocean, coasts, and the Great Lakes.

4. Focus on resiliency and adaptation to climate change and ocean acidification.

5. Pay special attention to policies needed to deal with changing arctic conditions.