President Obama signs an Executive Order establishing our Nation’s first National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

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As part of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Council has released the draft Implementation Plan to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. It describes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security.

Click here to review the draft Implementation Plan.

Click here to view public comments received.


The National Ocean Policy’s Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning calls for the development of a robust information management system to allow easy access to and transparency of data and information necessary for coastal and marine spatial planning. Successful planning requires the synthesis of a broad range of data and information about ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and the way people use these environments.

To fit these needs, the National Ocean Council teamed with the initiative to create, an open and accessible website that houses and references a wealth of information and tools available to support ocean planning efforts.


The National Ocean Council has published the National CMSP Workshop Report Summary.

Submit Comment on National Ocean Council Implementation Plan
Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
Executive Order Establishing National Ocean Council