SMART OCEAN PLANNING

National Ocean Policy Imperative for Vital Services

Attacks on the policy have ranged from hyperbolic to hysterical, especially considering much of the National Ocean Policy is about coordinating federal efforts for existing programs.

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Katie Cline, Communications Manager
Telephone: (202) 351-0482
Email: kcline@oceanconservancy.org

May 4, 2012

Washington, D.C. - With appropriations bills up for consideration as early as next week, and attempts underway to block implementation of the National Ocean Policy, Ocean Conservancy offers the following statement from Director of Government Relations Emily Woglom:

“Attacks on the policy have ranged from hyperbolic to hysterical, especially considering much of the National Ocean Policy is about coordinating federal efforts for existing programs. Blocking implementation of the National Ocean Policy could have devastating effects on services many American businesses and communities have come to rely on. Efforts like preventing ocean trash on our beaches and providing information to emerging energy developers could be severely impacted if the policy is prohibited.

“The National Ocean Policy is simply common sense – it’s good for the American economy, jobs and communities.  It’s about increasing efficiency and reducing redundancy among ocean users and the agencies that oversee their work.  Coordination is imperative for coastal economies to thrive. So why are opponents trying to stop it?  Absurd and overblown attacks on the policy need to stop, and instead the focus should be on the health of our nation’s coastal economies and the ocean on which they depend.

“Elements of the National Ocean Policy fall under the purview of more than 20 different government agencies.  Prohibiting the policy could have dire effects across the board – altering everything from the effectiveness of government programs to the accessibility of ocean-related data to local businesses.”

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