Executive Order - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes Page: 1
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 19, 2010
STEWARDSHIP OF THE OCEAN, OUR COASTS, AND THE GREAT LAKES
By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,
it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. The ocean, our coasts, and the
Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological
services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play
critical roles in our Nation's transportation, economy, and
trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and
the maintenance of international peace and security. The
Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and resulting
environmental crisis is a stark reminder of how vulnerable our
marine environments are, and how much communities and the Nation
rely on healthy and resilient ocean and coastal ecosystems.
America's stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the
Great Lakes is intrinsically linked to environmental
sustainability, human health and well-being, national
prosperity, adaptation to climate and other environmental
changes, social justice, international diplomacy, and national
and homeland security.
This order adopts the recommendations of the Interagency
Ocean Policy Task Force, except where otherwise provided in
this order, and directs executive agencies to implement those
recommendations under the guidance of a National Ocean Council.
Based on those recommendations, this order establishes a
national policy to 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.
This order also provides for the development of coastal
and marine spatial plans that build upon and improve existing
Federal, State, tribal, local, and regional decisionmaking and
planning processes. These regional plans will enable a more
integrated, comprehensive, ecosystem-based, flexible, and
proactive approach to planning and managing sustainable multiple
uses across sectors and improve the conservation of the ocean,
our coasts, and the Great Lakes.
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United States. President (2009- : Obama). Executive Order - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, text, July 19, 2010; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc31146/m1/1/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .