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National Ocean Council seeks Comment on Draft National Ocean Policy Plan

January 16, 2012














The Interagency National Ocean Council (NOC), led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is seeking public comments on a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan which describes more than 50 actions the federal government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  For each action, the plan outlines key milestones, identifies responsible agencies, and indicates the expected timeframe for completion of Implementation Plan actions including: streamlining ocean and coastal permitting processes, beginning with aquaculture; improving water quality; providing climate-change forecasts and vulnerability assessments for coastal communities; improving environmental response management in the Arctic.

Comments must be received by February 27, 2012.

The Federal Register Notice is posted at

To read the draft plan and for directions to post a comment, visit



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