Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If you think Quoddy is wild and special here's your chance to tell President Obama!

Good Morning,

There has been several inquiries how to provide comments to the Task Force  on Ocean Policy.    If would like to read the White House Memorandum,  please click on the highlighted link "President Obama created an  Interagency Task Force on Ocean Policy"  or  if you wish to provide  comments, please click on "click here" in the message below.   If you  cannot link to to the comment site, you may also go directly to the  website,

Thank you.


In order to better meet our Nation's stewardship responsibilities for the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes, President Obama created an Interagency Task Force on Ocean Policy on June 12, 2009.

The Task Force is led by the Chair of the White House Council on  Environmental Quality and the other members are composed of senior-level  officials from the agencies, departments and offices on the existing  Committee on Ocean Policy. (See attached).  The Task Force has been
instructed to provide its recommendations in 90 days for the first three issue areas and 120 days for the last.

The Task Force seeks input on its work from interested communities,  governments, tribes, businesses, associations, non-governmental organizations and from the general public.  If you would like to provide comments, please click here.

We ask that you focus your comments on the issues set forth in the President's Memorandum:

      ·National policy for oceans and for coastal and Great Lakes  ecosystems;
      ·Ocean governance framework;
      · Implementation Strategy to meet the objectives of the national policy; and
      ·Coastal and marine spatial planning.

In addition, please feel free to include information about the impact of  significant emerging issues on your area of expertise or concern, like climate change or offshore renewable energy development; on jobs and the economics of your business or activity; and any experience you have with current policies and programs-with an emphasis on specific suggestions for improvement where possible.

Please note, that to meet the ambitious timeframe outlined in the President's Memorandum, the Task Force will build upon the work of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission. These reports,  appendices and the extensive public engagement and records will serve as  important foundations for the work of the Ocean Policy Task Force.


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