By Sheril Kirshenbaum
From: Sheril Kirshenbaum
Re: Oceans 21: The Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act
Oceans 21: The Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act
- Oceans-21 was introduced by Congressman Sam Farr (D-Ca,17th), who is a co-chair of the bipartisan House Ocean Caucus, made up of over 50 members who represent coastal areas.
- Joined on the bill by fellow caucus members, Congressmen Tom Allen (D- ME), Wayne Gilchrest (R- MD), and Jim Saxton (R-NJ).
- The purpose of the Bill is to provide better ocean management and prioritize healthy oceans and coasts.
- Oceans 21 would implement key recommendations of the Congressionally mandated U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the report of the nonprofit Pew Oceans Commission.
- First introduced in the 108th, the bill has now been revised based on input from the oceans and fishing communities.
- Unify ocean management under a national oceans policy to protect, maintain and restore marine ecosystem health – the keystone of ocean stewardship.
- Authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This federal agency was created in 1970 by executive order of President Richard Nixon, but it has never been authorized by Congress.
- Provide $1.3 billion annually to the development and implementation of ecosystem plans that solve regionally-relevant priority problems by establishing an Oceans and Great Lakes Conservation Trust Fund. This builds upon existing regional initiatives to act as a clearinghouse for federal, state, and local governments to address management needs at an ecosystem scale.
- Recommit the nation to ocean science and education to better inform management decisions and the general public.
*Latest Major Action: *4/26/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions.
Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.