National Ocean Policy

The National Ocean Policy states that Federal agencies, “ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve our maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.” 

woman signing National Ocean Policy boardThe Policy created the interagency National Ocean Council to oversee the implementation of the policy. Interior is a principal member of the council and has the lead for many actions in implementing the plan.  For more information:

Interior is implementing the National Ocean Policy through leadership involvement with the National Ocean Council, the Ocean Resource Management –Interagency Policy Committee (ORM-IPC) and the Ocean Science and Technology – Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC). Interior is responsible for many actions within the Implementation Plan.