National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan   [open pdf - 4MB]

"We are pleased to deliver the 'National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan' (Plan), a document that translates the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions that will benefit Americans. The Plan presents specific actions Federal agencies will take to bolster our ocean economy, improve ocean health, support local communities, strengthen our security, and provide better science and information to improve decision-making. The National Ocean Policy, created by Executive Order 13547 on July 19, 2010, established the National Ocean Council, which consists of 27 Federal agencies, departments, and offices working together to share information and streamline decision-making. The Council developed the Plan over a two-year period with extensive public input from a wide range of stakeholders. The National Ocean Policy and accompanying Plan will help spur economic growth, empower states and communities, and save taxpayer dollars through better coordination that avoids conflicts. They are examples of common-sense good government that will help Americans sustain and enjoy our ocean resources."

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