An Ocean Policy for the 21st Century



September 2, 1999

At the National Ocean Conference last year in Monterey, President Clinton directed the Cabinet to report back with recommendations for a comprehensive ocean policy to guide federal efforts in the 21st century. In a report presented today to Vice President Al Gore, entitled "Turning to the Sea: American's Ocean Future," the Cabinet recommends nearly 150 actions to protect, restore, and explore America's ocean resources. The Vice President, in accepting the report, launched a high-level task force to oversee implementation of key recommendations.

Recommendations from the Cabinet include:

Sustaining Economic Benefits

Maintaining Global Security

Protecting Marine Resources

Discovering the Oceans

To oversee implementation of the Cabinet recommendations, the Vice President announced a new high-level Oceans Report Task Force. The Task Force will prioritize the recommendations, appoint lead agencies for implementation of key recommendations, and meet quarterly to review progress. The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Deputy National Security Advisor and will include high-level representatives of agencies with responsibility for ocean affairs.

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New Action to Protect & Preserve U.S. Shores & Oceans

An Ocean Policy for the 21st Century

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