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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.