The Administration's Ocean Policy Task Force released their Interim Report on Sept. 17 regarding a coordinated National Policy for better management and protection of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. There is now a 30 day public comment period (ending on Sat., October 17th) on the draft report. I greatly urge you to consider sending organizational AND INDIVIDUAL comments. Information from the Obama Administration is available at:
This is a great opportunity to highlight the need for a responsible offshore energy policy, habitat protection and wildlife conservation.You might even want to mention the need to protect Georges Bank, Bristol Bay and the Arctic!
For comments from the public, the Pew Environment Group has set up a Care2 letter at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/517681434 and the text of that petition is attached. This text can serve as a template for a letter or action alert for your group.
For more background information and materials please visit the Coalition for Healthy Coasts and Oceans at
As a reminder, the Task Force agencies were directed by the President to: within 90 days, develop: 1.) a national policy that ensures the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources; 2.) a framework for agency coordination in implementing the policy; and 3.) a set of priority actions that will help advance the policy and, within 180 days, develop a framework for coordinated coastal and ocean spatial planning. This Interim Report is the Task Force's first deliverable; they are still working on the framework for marine spatial planning due Dec. 9.