>Hearing on U.S. National Ocean Policy

>On Nov. 4, the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing on The Future of Ocean Governance: Building our National Ocean Policy.

Ms. Nancy Sutley, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), testified that the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force has been charged with developing a recommended framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning. An interim report was issued and comments on that report are currently under review.

Ms. Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), testified concerning the need for a stronger ocean policy and an improved governance structure.

Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard, testified that a unified framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning is critical to the ability of the Coast Guard to execute its missions.

Ms. Laura Davis, Department of the Interior, testified that coordinated action is needed to make our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes healthy, resilient, and sustainable.

Mr. Billy Frank, Jr., Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, testified that preserving fish and wildlife resources, as well as access to them, is essential.

Dr. Dennis Takahashi-Kelso, The Ocean Conservancy, testified concerning the threat to our oceans posed by climate change.

Mr. Matthew Paxton, Coastal Conservation Association, testified that promotion of marine recreation should be a core element of the national ocean policy.

Ms. Carolyn Elefant, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, testified that development of marine renewable technologies can play a significant role in economic recovery and expand the renewable energy portfolio.

Source: Bryant’s Maritime Blog