An executive order issued on Monday the 5th of July adopted the final recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force. This will create a National Ocean Council to "strengthen ocean governance and coordination" as well as work on new policy. The Task Force in coordination with the Council will "address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes."
"The National Policy includes a set of guiding principles for management decisions and actions toward stewardship that ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations. It prioritizes actions, including ecosystem-based management, regional ecosystem protection and restoration, and strengthened and integrated observing systems, that seek to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. These strategies and objectives provide a bridge between the National Policy and action on the ground."
Sounds great, let's see what they can do. The first meeting of the National Ocean Council will meet later this summer. But my favourite part? The National Policy will "Ensure science-based information is at the heart of decision-making." Yesssssss.
Holy crap, do I detect a job market opening up?!?!? *crosses fingers*
Full article here (The White House)