Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-18-2019

2019-03-18T16:20:32+00:00 March 18, 2019|

A terrific day of seas and policies, now let’s seize the opportunities

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who participated in our Public Policy Forum, U.S. Ocean Policy – Past, Present, and Future, last week. Thanks to all the speakers, panelists, active participants in the audience, and many heroes on the COL staff, we really did identify key elements of ocean policy that must transition across time and circumstance, in addition to transformational concepts that must absolutely be addressed now and in the future. As a result, I am much more optimistic that we can actually achieve the vision set forward by Admiral Watkins and the commissioners on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy back in 2004:

“The oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are clean, safe, prospering, and sustainably managed. They contribute significantly to the economy, supporting multiple, beneficial uses such as food production, development of energy and mineral resources, recreation and tourism, transportation of goods and people, and the discovery of novel medicines, while preserving a high level of biodiversity and a wide range of critical natural habitats.”

Or perhaps instead of a vision, it’s time we consider this a mandate.

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