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E&E News: Industry Groups Press Lawmakers To Freeze Spending for New Obama Policy – April 12, 2012

E&E News: Industry Groups Press Lawmakers To Freeze Spending for New Obama Policy Industry groups are asking lawmakers to put the brakes on the Obama administration’s National Ocean Policy. More than 75 groups — representing agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and some parts of the fishing industry — sent a letter today to House appropriators asking [...]

Alaska Journal of Commerce: NOAA, Administration Press On With Ocean Policy Changes – Feb. 27, 2012

Alaska Journal of Commerce: NOAA, Administration Press On With Ocean Policy Changes Congress refused last year to fund a $27 million budget request to implement President Barack Obama’s new National Ocean Policy, but that isn’t stopping the administration from moving forward with the plan…

NOPC Submits Comments on the National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan

National Ocean Policy Coalition: Comments on the National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan On February 27, 2012, the National Ocean Policy Coalition electronically submitted comments to the National Ocean Council on the National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan…

National Ocean Council: Another Step Toward Ocean Stewardship – February 1, 2012

National Ocean Council: Another Step Toward Ocean Stewardship In another important step toward implementing President Obama’s National Ocean Policy, the National Ocean Council has determined it will formally include Regional Fishery Management Councils in regionally based coastal and marine spatial planning. The participation of the councils will ensure their valuable expertise is part of the [...]

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings: Ocean Policy Reaches Far Beyond the Sea – January 20, 2012

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings: Ocean Policy Reaches Far Beyond the Sea If there’s one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it’s expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are [...]

The Hill (Energy & Environment Blog): Administration Unveils Sweeping Plan To Protect the Country’s Oceans – January 12, 2012

The Hill (Energy & Environment Blog): Administration Unveils Sweeping Plan To Protect the Country’s Oceans The Obama administration unveiled on Thursday a federal strategy for protecting the country’s oceans that calls for improving oil-spill response capabilities in the Arctic and managing the effects of climate change.  The draft plan outlines a series of steps that [...]

U.S. House Committee: Obama Administration Moves Forward with Plan to Zone the Ocean – January 12, 2012

U.S. House Committee: Obama Administration Moves Forward with Plan to Zone the Ocean WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2012 – Today President Obama’s National Ocean Council, created by an Executive Order in 2010, released a draft action plan to move forward with the Administration’s goal of imposing new mandatory “ocean zoning.” This initiative could place huge [...]

National Ocean Council Releases Draft Implementation Plan for Public Comment – January 12, 2012

National Ocean Council: National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan As part of President Obama’s National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Council has released a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and [...]

National Ocean Council: Opening Our Oceans With Data.Gov – December 6, 2011

National Ocean Council: Opening Our Oceans With Data.Gov Today, we are pleased to announce the release of ocean.data.gov, the newest community on Data.gov. This effort is the result of two important initiatives of the Obama Administration: the development and implementation of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great [...]

Alaska Mayor: Feds’ Fish Panel Puts Communities At Risk – November 25, 2011

Anchorage Daily News Op-Ed by Mayor of Unalaska, AK:  Feds’ Fish Panel Puts Communities At Risk As mayor of a community that relies upon healthy fisheries to sustain our economy and city services, I find the prospect of a centralized ocean policy that restricts the autonomy of our Regional Fishery Management Councils to be troubling…