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Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Releases its Final Report through NTIS

Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century Technical Document

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It has been thirty-five years since this nation's management of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes was comprehensively reviewed. In that time, significant changes have occurred in how we use marine assets and in our understanding of the consequences of our actions. A new report from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, titled An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, contains findings and final recommendations for a new national ocean policy that ensures sustainable use and protection of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes for today and far into the future.

The value of the oceans and coasts to the nation is immense and their full potential remains unrealized. Over half the U.S. population lives in coastal watershed counties and roughly one-half of the nation s gross domestic product ($4.5 trillion in 2000) is generated in those counties and in adjacent ocean waters.

The 672-page report is presented in ten parts which address all aspects of coastal and ocean policy. The book also includes a CD-ROM featuring seven supplementary documents, such as comments on the Commission s preliminary report from 37 U.S. Governors; an evaluation of the U.S. investment in academic ocean sciences research and education; an assessment of existing and planned facilities associated with ocean and coastal activities; a review of three decades of ocean and coastal law; and highlights from testimony presented at the Commission s public meetings.

The book also includes a DVD video with an 11-minute summary of the commission's findings and recommendations and a 37-minute video recounting the history of U.S. ocean policy, which highlights the commission's work.