Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today commended President Obama and his Administration for releasing a final Implementation Plan on National Ocean Policy. The plan, after months of working with the Committee and relevant stakeholders, translates into making government work better for the American public. Without creating any new regulations or authorities, the plan seeks to ensure that Federal agencies involved in ocean management work together and also with stakeholders to reduce duplication and use taxpayer dollars wisely.
"I'm proud to have supported the Oceans Act in 2000 that led to sweeping bipartisan recommendations for a new and comprehensive national ocean policy. The nation's prosperity and the well-being of all Americans depends directly on the continued health and stewardship of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. The Administration's thoughtfully revised Implementation Plan marks a new and practical step in over a decade of federal ocean policy efforts and I look forward to working together with the Administration to move the Implementation Plan forward."