The Obama Administration released the final recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force that sets up a national policy for the protection and restoration of the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. The Task Force recommends establishing a National Ocean Council (NOC) that will govern policies addressing conservation, economics, sustainability and user conflict among the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.
The next step will be for the President to adopt the recommendations and issue an Executive Order. This effort will untangle a web of more than 140 various laws and regulations that are enforced by more than 20 agencies. In June 2009, President Obama ordered the Ocean Policy Task Force to develop a plan for protecting, maintaining and restoring this nation’s coastal waters. This week’s recommendations are the result.