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January 24, 2007
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Bush Administration Officials to Announce Landmark Budget Request for Ocean Priorities

Washington, DC – U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality James L. Connaughton, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John H. Marburger, III, and Director of the National Science Foundation Dr. Arden Bement will announce President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2008 increased budget request to build on the administration’s record accomplishments in implementing the Ocean Action Plan (OAP). In addition, the officials will unveil the Bush Administration’s Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy that was developed to identify ocean research priorities for the next 10 years along with related infrastructure needs.

The President issued his Ocean Action Plan in December of 2004 to guide federal ocean policy. In the two years since its release, much progress has been made in habitat protection, fisheries management and improving our understanding of the oceans.

WHO: U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne
James L. Connaughton, Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Dr. John H. Marburger, III, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dr. Arden Bement, Director, National Science Foundation
WHAT: Bush Administration officials to announce President's landmark interagency oceans budget request.
WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2007 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building Indian Treaty Room 17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC
NOTE TO MEDIA: Non-credentialed reporters must RSVP to Dawn Epperson by e-mailing her at: DEpperson@ostp.eop.gov no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 25th. Please provide full legal name, date of birth and social security number.



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