The American Littoral Society supports full implementation of the National Stewardship Policy (NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY) for the Ocean, our Coasts and Great Lakes .
On July 19, 2010 President Obama made history by establishing the first comprehensive National Ocean Policy for the United States. His executive order not only reaffirmed the nation's commitment to protecting our oceans and coasts, it also defined new approaches for how we can get there.
Since 2009 the Society has supported the establishment and implementation of the Policy by leading the Healthy Oceans Coalition. We also work to support regional ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic where governments, tribes and stakeholders have come together to collaborate on important ocean and coastal issues.
The ocean delivers over half of the planet's breathable oxygen and is home to diverse and stunning marine ecosystems. Thriving coastal communities and a robust ocean economy directly depend on the health of these ocean and coastal resources. Yet we have not always managed and protected the ocean to the level necessary to ensure that future generations reap the benefits of a healthy ocean. In addition, the ocean is facing mounting pressures from climate change and ocean acidification, and governments are charged to do more with limited resources.
The American Littoral Society supports our National Ocean Policy that calls for our federal government to protect, maintain, and restore our ocean coasts and Great Lakes so we can continue to receive the benefits from a healthy ocean and our coastlines that we all need and deserve.
What You Can Do
As part of our National Ocean Policy, coastal regions are empowered to work collaboratively to identify and take action on issues facing their ocean and coastal resources. By working together, federal agencies can work more closely, states and tribes can have stronger voices to the federal government and stakeholders can be considered at the beginning of decision-making. The Mid-Atlantic region, spanning from New York to Virginia, recently finalized its first ever regional Ocean Action Plan in December 2016. Now, more than ever, we will need the public's voice to ensure conservation wins out in implementation.