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Joint Initiative Quarterly Newsletter
July 2014

The Joint Initiative is pleased to release the summer edition of the Joint Initiative Quarterly Newsletter. This newsletter provides updates on Joint Initiative activities, highlights important ocean news and events, and profiles various Leadership Council members.

To view the Summer 2014 edition of the Quarterly Newsletter, please click here

Joint Initiative Leadership Council Welcomes New Members
February 2014

The Joint Initiative is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its bipartisan Leadership Council:

  • Frances Beinecke – President, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Dr. Margaret Leinen – Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, University of California, San Diego
  • Christopher Lischewski –President and Chief Executive Officer, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  • The Honorable Leon Panetta – Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy; Chair, Pew Oceans Commission
  • Randy Repass – Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, West Marine, Inc.

The new members bring extraordinary expertise and diverse perspectives to the Joint Initiative as it works to catalyze meaningful ocean policy reform and action at the national, regional, and state levels.

For more information, please read the press statement


Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans
June 20, 2013

Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority.

These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.

Read the executive summary here
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

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Oceans and coasts
are severely threatened, domestically and around the world. The Joint Initiative’s primary goal is to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform. The Joint Initiative brings extraordinary expertise, perspective, and diversity of interests to the ocean policy dialogue. The Joint Initiative works with people and organizations at the national, regional, state, and local levels to build durable support for ocean policy reform at all levels of decision making. Through its work the Joint Initiative seeks to expand our collective understanding of the threats facing our oceans and to enable actions that address them so that our oceans remain vibrant and healthy for current and future generations.

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