Oceans: to have and to hold

The Obama Administration has released its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people.


The final Implementation Plan focuses on improving coordination to speed Federal permitting decisions, better manage the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and collaborate more effectively with State, local partners and marine industries.

Without creating any new regulations or authorities, the plan will ensure the many Federal agencies involved in ocean management work together to reduce duplication and red tape and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently.

"With increasing demands on our ocean, we must improve how we work together, share information, and plan smartly to grow our economy, keep our ocean healthy, and enjoy the highest benefits from our ocean resources, now and in the future", says Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and Co-Chair of the National Ocean Council.

Oceans and coasts support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy through tourism, development, commercial fishing, recreational fishing and boating, energy, shipping, and other activities. 
Competition for increasingly vulnerable ocean resources is growing, presenting challenges for Federal agencies that follow and enforce more than 100 ocean-related laws.

The National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan can be read online.