Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Conservationists conflicted over Obama's National Ocean Policy - Examiner

Mixed feelings coming from the environmental community.

Ocean Champions believes the new policy is sound in and of itself. Members are supportive of the legislation that makes the policy the "operational mission of the 20 federal agencies that manage our oceans and coasts."

"The President made healthy oceans a national value, and laid out a vision of healthy, safe and productive coasts and oceans for ours and for future generations."

The Center for Biological Diversity, on the other hand, sees the policy as a step in the right direction, but far from complete.

"“The policy announced on this week is a good and necessary step toward coordinated planning and conservation, but we have yet to see if it will translate into good management,” said Miyoko Sakashita, director of oceans.

The Center for Biological Diversity is concerned that Obama's new policy lacks guarantees for the protection of marine species, biodiversity and the prevention of climate change.

What do you think?

Full article here (Examiner)

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