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Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

By Watkins, James D., Admiral

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Book Id: WPLBN0000661458
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy  
Author: Watkins, James D., Admiral
Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collections: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication


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Description: This document contains information regarding topics such as enhancing ocean leadership and coordination, advancing a regional approach, and coordinating management in federal waters.

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CONTENTS Letter to the Reader v Members of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy vii Members of the Science Advisory Panel viii Commission Staff ix Acknowledgements x Executive Summary xi Part I Our Oceans: A National Asset Chapter 1: Recognizing Ocean Assets and Challenges 1 1. Evaluating the Vast Wealth of U.S. Oceans and Coasts 1 a. Economic and Employment Value 1 b. Marine Transportation and Ports 3 c. Marine Fisheries 5 d. Offshore Energy, Minerals, and Emerging Uses 6 e. Human Health and Biodiversity 6 f. Tourism and Recreation 7 g. Coastal Real Estate 8 h. Nonmarket Values 8 2. Undermining America?s Ocean and Coastal Assets 9 a. Degraded Waters 10 b. Compromised Resources 11 c. Conflicts between Man and Nature 13 3. Acting Today for Tomorrow?s Generations 15 Chapter 2: Understanding the Past to Shape a New National Ocean Policy 19 1. Ocean Policy from World War II to the Oceans Act of 2000 19 a. Formative Years 19 b. From Sputnik to Stratton 20 c. Years of Activism 22 d. Contention and Stalemate 23 e. Search for Coherence 24 f. Consensus for Change 25 2. Launching the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy 26 a. A Broad Mandate 26 b. The Commission Members 27 c. How the Commission Did Its Work 27 d. The Result 30 Chapter 3: Setting the Nation?s Sights 31 1. Imagining a Brighter Future 31 2. Building Ocean Policy on Sound Guiding Principles 32 3. Translating Principles into Policy 33 a. Ecosystem-based Management 33 b. Science for Decision-making 37 c. Effective Ocean Governance 38 d. Public Education 38


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