"In April 2013, the National Ocean Council (NOC) published the National Ocean Policy (NOP) Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan aligned the efforts of the Federal government under five major themes: Ocean Economy, Safety and Security, Coastal and Ocean Resilience, Local Choices, and Science and Information. Since then, Federal agencies have made tremendous progress in carrying out actions described in the Implementation Plan. In March 2015, the NOC released the 'Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy,' providing the status of all 214 actions described in the Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan provides a solid foundation for enhanced agency collaboration and effectiveness, and resulted in meaningful, beneficial results. The many accomplishments realized through the original Implementation Plan set the stage for a targeted approach to future NOP implementation. As many of the actions in the current Implementation Plan are completed, progress on the NOP will continue under Annual Work Plans to focus on pressing issues in a defined timeframe. A longer-term, higher-level implementation guide (Guide) based on the original Implementation Plan themes will provide the overarching context and vision for crafting the Annual Work Plans and implementing the NOP in future years."
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