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National Ocean Policy

Governing the High Seas

Peter Neill | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The earth's surface is more than 70% ocean, supporting our claim that our planet would have best been called "Aqua," more water than land, a sea of blue connecting the remaining disconnected green, where has been concentrated the history of human activity, for better or for worse.

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Michael Conathan | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Michael Conathan

She may well look back and find that training for her space walk was easier than preparing to take the helm of NOAA.

Sustainable Seafood: Healthy Fish, Healthy Fishermen, Healthy Markets

Sea to Table | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Sea to Table

Sustainability is a big word that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Companies from Monsanto to McDonald's cloak themselves...

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.

Why We Need a National Ocean Policy

Sea to Table | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Sea to Table

This week over one billion people in 192 countries celebrated Earth Day. We planted trees, shared recycling tips, pledged action to combat climate cha...

New Report Shows Obstructionist Politics Harming Ocean Management

Sarah Chasis | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Sarah Chasis

This week in our nation's capital, ocean leaders, advocates and businesses, along with ocean champions in Congress, are taking a closer look at the future of our oceans, as part of Capitol Hill Oceans Week.

If the Sea Was a Child: In Honor of World Oceans Day

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If not now, when? If not this, what? If not us, who -- who will speak for the sea as a child? If the sea was a child, what would you do to save the sea?

Attacks Threaten the Health of Our Oceans and Economy

Sarah Chasis | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Sarah Chasis

Currently, more than 20 agencies and 140 laws govern our oceans, each with their own agendas and mandates. The National Ocean Policy is designed to bring order to this chaos and to ensure better stewardship of our valuable ocean resources.

Ocean Planning Would Bring Billions of Dollars of Economic Benefits, New Study Confirms

Sarah Chasis | Posted 06.06.2012 | Green
Sarah Chasis

With our oceans contributing more to our nation's economic output than the entire U.S. farm sector, we can't afford to just cross our fingers and hope for the best.

The National Ocean Policy Will Help Fishermen

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green
Sarah Chasis

The truth is the National Ocean Policy will be GOOD for fishing. Agencies are tasked with helping preserve and restore important fish habitat, not to ban or curtail recreational fishing.

Action Plan for Nation's First-Ever Ocean Policy Imminent

Sarah Chasis | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Sarah Chasis

It's time to make protecting ocean health our new year's resolution. Thankfully, our new national ocean policy offers a bright start for our ocean future.

A Blueprint for Our Blue Home

Philippe Cousteau | Posted 09.17.2011 | Green
Philippe Cousteau

Marine spatial planning will map out our seas and designate the best areas for industry use. It calls for all of the different government agencies that have a toe in the ocean to talk to each other and work together; it will make them work better.

Looking for a Sea Change on World Oceans Day

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

Last year, I thought the BP oil disaster might serve as a wake-up call about the importance and vulnerability of our ocean, but instead, it seems many lessons learned have since been forgotten.

Finally Some Good News for Our Seas: President to Create National Ocean Policy

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

Oil continues to plague the Gulf of Mexico, but press reports indicate that today, President Obama, will adopt a new policy that provides hope for the future of our seas. This national policy will transform the way we manage our oceans and Great Lakes.

President To Make Environmental History With National Ocean Policy

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Chasis

We have the Clean Water Act for our water and the Clean Air Act for our air. Finally, we now have a bedrock environmental policy like this for our oceans.

On World Oceans Day: Gulf Oil Disaster Underscores Need for a National Ocean Policy

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Chasis

Tuesday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. As the disastrous Gulf oil spill continues, it is clear that our country needs a national ocean policy -- like a Clean Air or Water Act -- to protect our oceans.