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Accession Number PB2013-108855
Title National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 36p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are among our most treasured resources. They are an integral part of our national identity and our future. A healthy marine environment feeds our Nation, fuels our economy, supports our cultures, provides and creates jobs, gives mobility to our Armed Forces, enables safe movement of goods, and provides places for recreation. Healthy, productive, and resilient oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes contribute significantly to our quality of life. At the same time, these resources are vulnerable to activities and impacts that diminish their health, productivity, and resilience. Pollution, for example, degrades marine habitats, reduces access to recreational and commercial opportunities, and threatens public health and safety. Habitat loss impacts the stability of marine populations, leading to significant economic and cultural consequences. Overfishing threatens current and future opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, compromises our national food security, and reduces the ability of marine ecosystems to recover from disturbances. The impacts of climate change, such as sea-level rise, increase the vulnerability of coastal communities to storm damage. Moreover, these problems interact with one another, collectively amplifying their impact on the health of the ocean.
Keywords Coastal areas
Government policies
Great Lakes
Marine environment
Natural resource management
Pollution sources
Quality of life
Sea level

Source Agency The White House Office
NTIS Subject Category 47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
47D - Biological Oceanography
48B - Natural Resource Management
98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
68 - Environmental Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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