Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

This report is the final set of recommendations from the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, a group of 24 senior federal officials led by the Council on Environmental Quality was tasked by President Obama in June 2009 with developing recommendations to enhance the nation's ability to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources for the benefit of present and future generations. One of the National Priority Objectives identified as a premise to the recommendations is to strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments, and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification. These recommendations include a national stewardship policy, a governance structure to provide sustained and coordinated attention to these resources, an implementation strategy that prioritizes nine categories for action, and a framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning on a comprehensive, ecosystem-wide level.

Publication Date: July 19, 2010

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