White House Response to Public Comments in the Formulation of the National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan
The White House has released its responses to public comments on the national ocean policy
In mid-2011, the National Ocean Council released for public comment outlines for nine Strategic Action Plans that provided an initial view on how Federal agencies might address the nine priority objectives highlighted in the National Ocean Policy. The outlines, by design, were draft products that served as an early and valuable point in the Implementation Plan development process for focusing public and stakeholder input.
Draft U.S. Ocean Policy Plan Precedes Proposal to Move NOAA to Interior Department (From the American Geophysical Union)
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Environment and Energy Daily]
by Allison Winter, E&E reporter Jan 13, 2012 – The Obama administration today released a new draft “action plan” that directs agencies across the federal government to work together on ocean planning and conservation.
By Amena H. Saiyid
The White House released a draft implementation plan Jan. 12 that would establish nine regional committees by 2015 to develop plans for streamlining the permitting processes for use of marine and land areas along the nation’s oceans and Great Lakes.
The plan contains dozens of milestones dealing with coastal wetlands, water quality, invasive species, climate change, and hypoxia for various agencies.
The National Ocean Council’s plan would implement the National Ocean Policy set forth in July 2010 by President Obama with Executive Order No. 13,547 (137 DEN A-13, 7/20/10).
Some two dozen legislative proposals to improve the regulatory process are under consideration by the Congress. Nonetheless, the immediate relief needed for job creation can come though OIRA.
The impact of any “Watch” site is heavily depending upon the credibility of its sponsor; please view CRE’s credentials, giving particular attention to the information contained in this link.
The CRE submitted comments on the Draft Programmatic EIS published by BOEM on the 5 year plans for the OCS oil and gas leasing. The CRE recommended to BOEM that: (1) BOEM should encourage the use of PAMGUARD as part of the protected species observer program; (2) the final PEIS should reflect the conclusion that seismic does not adversely affect marine mammals under current BOEM regulations; (3) any new seismic regulations issued by BOEM will require a new proposed Information Collection Request (ICR); and (4) Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning violates the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and, accordingly, the primary emphasis of the Final PEIS should be on oil and gas leasing.
Please see below on information regarding the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting and a Session on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. More information is available here
131 RESEARCH NEEDS FOR COASTAL AND MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Sea Grant
Please click on the title of an abstract to view the complete abstract.
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall