Ocean Protection
June 01 2011

Listening Sessions: National Ocean Policy

by Pete Stauffer


The National Ocean Council (NOC) has announced a series of listening sessions to be held around the country on the new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (dates & locations below). This policy was established by President Obama through an executive order in July 2010 and is currently being implemented through the National Ocean Council. The upcoming listening sessions provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the National Ocean Policy and provide input on strategic action plans being developed for each of the nine priority objectives. The meetings also are a great venue to highlight local Surfrider priorities that could benefit from federal or regional support. Locations of the listening sessions are listed below. 

  • June 9, Washington, DC, Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery 
  • June 9, Barrow, AK, North Slope Borough Offices            
  • June 10, Anchorage, AK, Wilda Marston Theatre, Z. J. Loussac Library
  • June 13, Chicago, IL, U.S. EPA Regional Headquarters     
  • June 15, Jacksonville, FL, University of North Florida
  • June 16, Honolulu, HI, The Neal Blaisdell Center      
  • June 27, Exeter, NH, Exeter High School                
  • June 27, Galveston, TX, Galveston Convention Center                       
  • June 27, Ocean Shores, WA, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino    
  • June 30, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, TBD               
  • June 30, West Long Branch, NJ, Monmouth University 
  • July 1, Portland, OR, Portland State University