Ocean Protection
January 20 2012

White House Releases Draft Ocean Plan - Time to Speak Out!

by Pete Stauffer

The Obama Administration has released its draft National Ocean Policy action plan, outlining more than 50 actions the U.S. will take to protect our nation’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. Priorities in the plan include ecosystem-based management, habitat protection and restoration, climate change adaptation, coastal and marine spatial planning, and water quality and sustainable practices on land. The full plan will be open for public comment until March 28

The Surfrider Foundation strongly supports the National Ocean Policy and our chapters and members have helped provide input to the action plan through public listening sessions across the country. Surfrider also understands that achieving meaningful outcomes from the national policy will depend on support and funding from Congress.

So please comment in support of our National Ocean Policy! Here are two ways to speak out for our nation’s oceans, waves, and beaches:

1.Comment on the Draft Implementation Plan
Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through March 28. Please submit your ideas for strengthening actions in the plan to the National Ocean Council. For discussion and suggested talking points visit our Surfrider Forum.

2. Ask Congress to support and fund the National Ocean Policy
Your representatives in Congress need to know that you support ocean and coastal stewardship. Please call or write your federal representatives and ask them to support and fund the National Ocean Policy.