National Ocean Policy

Summary

Initially conceived to promote conservation in our nation’s waters, there are several key facets that pose a direct and serious threat to our sporting traditions as well as state conservation efforts across the country. Stay informed about how this policy will impact waterways near you.

This policy was designed to promote conservation in our nation's waterways including the oceans, the Great Lakes, tributaries that lead therein and the coasts surrounding these waterways. Stay informed about how this policy will impact waterways near you.

This policy was issued on July 19, 2010 when President Obama signed Executive Order 13547, titled Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, establishing what is now known as the National Ocean Policy. This policy was designed to promote conservation in our nation's waterways including the oceans, the Great Lakes, tributaries that lead therein and the coasts surrounding these waterways.

This is not a new concept. Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning initiatives have been implemented at the state level in several locations with mixed results. However, there were several key facets in the draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan that posed a threat to our sporting traditions as well as state conservation efforts across the country and were of concern to some Congressmen, including the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Representative Doc Hastings, as demonstrated in the letter he sent on April 2, 2012 to Chairman Rogers of the House Committee on Appropriations.

On April 16, 2013, the National Ocean Council released the final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. There were several key facets in the Draft Implementation Plan that posed a threat to our recreational angling traditions as well as state conservation efforts across the country. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation worked directly with the Council for Environmental Quality to address concerns of the recreational fishing community about the National Ocean Policy, including the treatment of recreational fishing as a national priority through this initiative. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, along with several other recreational fishing organizations, submitted an initial set of comments on the draft Implementation Plan on February 27, 2012. In a meeting with the Council for Environmental Quality, the groups were requested to submit a second set of comments, with more specific recommendations and exact language changes we would have liked to appear in the document. A second set of comments in response to this request was submitted on March 27, 2012.

CSF supports the majority of the changes made to the final Implementation Plan but still has some concerns regarding the failure to designate recreational fishing as a priority use in our nation’s waters. The final Implementation Plan does, however, acknowledge the need to avoid closing off public recreational access and highlights the millions of dollars paid annually by recreational anglers in excise taxes on fishing gear and state fishing license fees as a part of the American System of Conservation Funding – a “user pays-public benefits” approach. The final Implementation Plan also emphasized the role of state agencies in the National Ocean Policy and clarified that regions are free to not participate in the marine planning process.
 

Take Action: Stay informed on how the National Ocean Policy will impact your area. Click here to find out which Regional Planning Body will be implementing this effort in the waters in your state.

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Letter sent by Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Representative Doc Hastings to Chairman Rogers of the House Committee on Appropriations. Download file
Comments on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. Download file
Second set of comments on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. Download file

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