Ocean Commissions Reports

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century Fulfilling the directives of the Ocean Act of 2000 the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy presented its findings and recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy. In addition to a national ocean policy, the report calls for coordinated efforts among regions to address ocean and coastal needs than span state lines, articulates the need for improved science and research to inform the policies governing the nation’s marine ecosystems, and recommends permanent and sustained funding to support ocean and coastal research and management. The final report was published in September 2004.

America’s Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change The Pew Oceans Commission report provides recommendations for addressing ocean health through comprehensive management reform. The report focuses on the need to improve management of living marine resources and recommends measures to lessen the impact of land-based pollution and nutrient runoff on the oceans and coasts, which further exacerbate other problems like overfishing and invasive species. To address such problems, the report recommends that the federal government better coordinate agencies and policies that connect the land, sea, and air. The final report was released in June 2003.

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