National Ocean Policy

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On June 12, President Obama created the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, led by the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), was charged with developing a national policy and an implementation strategy for conserving and managing the United States ocean territory and the Great Lakes. The policy will govern ocean and Great Lakes resource management and coordinate efforts among countless federal, state, and local agencies.  

The Task Force’s Interim Framework for a National Ocean Policy was out for public review and comment until Feb. 12, 2010. The foremost flaw in the report is the omission of responsibly regulated recreational fishing as a key activity for the oceans and the Great Lakes. The report is skewed toward a preservationist policy of locking up public waters instead of one that promotes sustainable uses such as recreational fishing. 

Articles about National Ocean Policy

Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs on “Empty Hooks: The National Ocean Policy is the Latest Threat to Access for Recreational and Commercial Fishermen.”

Posted on May 22, 2012

Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs on “Empty Hooks: The National Ocean Policy is the Latest Threat to Access for Recreational and Commercial Fishermen." 

Comments on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

Posted on March 27, 2012

Our community came together to submit an initial set of comments on the Draft Implementation Plan earlier in the public comment period focusing on more general themes that we would like to see incorporated into the final Implementation Plan. 

Sportfishing and Boating Community Comments on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

Posted on February 27, 2012

It is unfortunate that many of the questions and concerns we have raised since the initial release of the work of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and which we have reiterated in subsequent communications regarding the development of the National Ocean Policy (NOP), still remain unanswered. 

Guest Opinion: Ocean policy reaches far beyond the sea

Posted on January 20, 2012

If there's one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it's expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are hurting American businesses and impeding economic recovery. 

International €4 million bluefin tuna trafficking ring busted

Posted on July 27, 2011

The port authorities of Maddalena in Sardegna, Italy, have found some one thousand administrative violations relating to bluefin tuna.

Can bluefin tuna farms work?

In pens off Baja, an Icelandic company is raising the fish, a delicacy whose numbers have plummeted in recent years. It hopes to please consumers and environmentalists too.
Posted on July 21, 2011

Scrawled on the white board hung behind the bar at Noshi Sushi in Los Angeles, the word "otoro" (fatty tuna) beckons seafood lovers. For the connoisseur, this is the main attraction, the filet mignon of sushi.

Reports says world tuna stocks threatened

Posted on July 07, 2011

GLAND, Switzerland, July 7 (UPI) -- The first-ever global species assessment of stocks of tuna and billfish is a warning that some species are dangerously over-exploited, conservationists say.

NOAA sets fishing quotas for bluefin tuna

2011 quotas support international recovery efforts and proactively account for unintentionally caught fish
Posted on June 30, 2011

NOAA today announced quotas and other measures for bluefin tuna that underscore the nation’s commitment to sustainable science-based management of this vital fish stock. The allocations divide the available 2011 U.S. bluefin tuna quota of 957 metric tons among commercial and recreational fishing sectors for the fishing season that began on June 1.

Fishing industry blasts exclusion from Ocean Council

Posted on June 28, 2011

EXETER — In July 2010, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that established the first comprehensive national policy for the stewardship of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. On Monday, members of the National Ocean Council, which was established under this order, held a public listening session at Exeter High School to get input on the nine strategic plans developed by the council.

Massive bluefin tuna egg-laying in captivity

FISheries management council thwarts commercial industry efforts to exploit Atlantic pelagic species
Posted on June 17, 2011

For the third consecutive year, researchers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) obtained viable bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) egg-laying in captivity at its facilities in Murcia without hormonal induction.

Hot pursuit of tuna seiner

Posted on June 07, 2011

On Sunday, Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin spotted five French vessels leaving Malta at high speed, bound for Libyan waters.

The organisation says that one of the vessels, the Sainte Sophie Francois 2, does not have a bluefin tuna quota for the 2011 season and is not allowed to take part in any such fishing operation, and says that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) has confirmed this.

No Endangered Label for Bluefin Tuna

Posted on May 28, 2011

The Atlantic bluefin tuna won't be listed as an endangered species, at least for now, as the Obama administration on Friday rejected environmentalists' push for tougher restrictions on catching the highly prized fish.

NOAA Finds Endangered Species Listing for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Not Warranted

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Posted on May 27, 2011

The Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, is regarded as one of the most prized species in the ocean. It’s also one of the biggest, reaching average lengths of 6.5 feet, and weighing about 550lbs. One fish can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Bluefin tuna are at the top of the food chain, giving them an important role in the ecosystem.

Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna

Endangered Status Sought for Giant, Warm-blooded Fish
Posted on May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that it intends to sue the agency for failing to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. 

Deal signed to study bluefin and yellowfin tuna

Posted on May 20, 2011

Kinki University, the lnter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (lATTC), and the Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panama (ARAP) have signed an agreement to conduct comparative research of the early life history and reproductive biology of Pacific bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Tuna industry denies using dolphins as bait

Posted on May 19, 2011

Indonesia’s tuna exporters could face inconveniences as a result of two green groups’ recent footage claiming that the industry longline vessels use dolphin meat as bait, local authorities said.

EU fishing head wants crackdown on Libya tuna trade

Posted on May 18, 2011

BRUSSELS May 18 (Reuters) - Europe's fisheries chief called on Wednesday for close monitoring of the trade in bluefin tuna caught in Libyan waters, fearing illegal catches could push the endangered fish closer to extinction amid the chaos of war.

Labelling fish endangered will hurt fishermen: Union

Posted on May 11, 2011

Fishermen in P.E.I. are worried they'll see big cuts to their paycheques if the federal government decides to make Atlantic bluefin tuna an endangered species.

Atlantic bluefin tuna endangered: Report

Posted on May 10, 2011

A staple of Atlantic Canada’s commercial fishery could soon be off limits.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, a group of environmental experts that advises the government on species classification, has recommended the Atlantic bluefin tuna be listed as an endangered species.

Bluefin tuna can now be traced through a cell phone

Posted on May 02, 2011

The aquaculture company Balfegó, has introduced a new method for tuna consumers to know where and when the fish that they are eating was caught, when it was slaughtered, how much weighed and the implemented quality controls.

Formal written comments on the Priority Objectives of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lake

Posted on April 29, 2011

The recreational fishing and boating community is anxious to engage in the National Ocean Policy development to insure our community is adequately represented in this significant policymaking process. 

Maine fishermen call new tuna rules unfair

The sustainable fishing done in New England is not the problem, officials at a hearing will be told.
Posted on April 19, 2011

Maine's bluefin tuna fishermen are expected to show up in force to protest new federal quotas on the fishery at a public hearing in Portland April 25.

Ocean Zoning will affect all users; Poachers biggest threat to Alaska fisheries says Begich

Posted on March 26, 2011

Alaska Senator Mark Begich is quick to name the issue that’s giving him the biggest earful so far in his new post as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: “marine spatial planning.”  

Sportfishing and Boating Communities Continue to Call for Public Access in New National Ocean Policy

Posted on July 21, 2010

On July 19, 2010, the White House's Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force released its final report on a new national policy with the stated goals of ensuring protection, maintenance and restoration of the nation’s oceans, coastal areas and the Great Lakes. 

Obama Administration Unveils New National Policy for Our Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes

Posted on July 19, 2010

"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." -President Barack Obama

Obama to launch ocean initiative

The stewardship policy embraces a controversial zoning practice that could change how the U.S. regulates drilling, fishing and other maritime activities.
Posted on July 19, 2010

Reporting from Washington — President Obama on Monday is set to create a national stewardship policy for America's oceans and Great Lakes, including a type of zoning that could dramatically rebalance the way government regulates offshore drilling, fishing and other marine activities.

Q&A: On the Waterfront

Exclusive interview with Admiral Thad Allen
Posted on May 07, 2010

Admiral Thad Allen is set to retire this month as the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. But first, President Obama has asked him to perform a final job, and it's a big one: Allen has been tapped to serve as national incident commander for the federal response to the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anglers Cautiously Optimistic After Recreational Fishing Summit

CCA participants hope to see results after meeting with NOAA Fisheries
Posted on April 21, 2010

Outdoorsmen were out in force at the nation’s capital last week as two events in Washington DC were dedicated to how this country manages its wild and natural resources.

Obama Admin Jumps to Squelch Rumors of U.S. Fishing Ban

Posted on March 11, 2010

The Obama administration is trying to dash rumors that it planned to ban recreational fishing in marine waters and the Great Lakes in the wake of a series of Internet posts warning that such a prohibition was imminent.

U.S. Recreational Fishing & Boating Coalition Comments on White House Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Posted on February 12, 2010

These comments were prepared and signed by representatives of the following groups: American Sportfishing Association, Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society, Berkley Conservation Institute, Center for Coastal Conservation, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Shimano Sport Fisheries Initiative, and The Billfish Foundation.

NOAA Grant Proposal Could Launch Marine Zoning

Posted on February 05, 2010

The Obama administration is proposing a grant program that could start zoning marine areas for offshore projects.

Putnam: Sportsmen should have voice in ocean policy discussions

A copy of the congressman's letter is below...
Posted on December 01, 2009

WASHINGTON - Congressman Adam Putnam today urged the Obama Administration to include representation from recreational fishing in discussions about new regulations that could affect access to coastal fishing areas.

Editorial unfairly portrayed letter

Our Views: Premature indignation
Posted on November 17, 2009

"Editorial unfairly portrayed letter," CCA's esponse to The Advocate's "Our Views: Premature indignation"

CCA Testimony on Oceans Policy Before Senate Commerce Committee

Posted on November 04, 2009

The focus of my comments will be on the process to establish a national ocean policy and the role of Congress; maintaining regional ingenuity; ensuring access to the marine environment; and finally promoting marine recreation as a core element of the national ocean policy.

VIDEO: U.S. Sen. LeMieux (R-FL) Calls for Review of Restrictions on Florida Recreational Fishermen

Posted on November 04, 2009

YouTube video from Senate Commerce Committee Hearing

CCA to Testify on Oceans Policy Before Senate Committee

Posted on November 02, 2009

Committee seeks CCA’s input on role for recreational fisheries in ocean, coastal stewardship.

Recreational Data Collection Letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Posted on October 22, 2009

Call to protect Pacific Ocean from overfishing

Scientists are calling for large ocean areas to be protected in a similar way to the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland's coast.
Posted on October 20, 2009

Most of the world's open ocean is still unprotected and fishing is largely uncontrolled in international waters.

CCA Testimony Before the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Posted on October 19, 2009

Unfortunately, the experience all too often for the recreational community is to be managed or considered after the fact.  Federal ocean and fishery management policy has historically focused solely on commercial enterprises, be it energy, shipping or fishing. 

CCA Questions Obama Administration’s Ocean Policy

Task Force omission of recreational angling a glaring flaw
Posted on October 15, 2009

A recently issued report of the White House Interagency Ocean Task Force has caused widespread concern among America’s recreational anglers. Released just weeks after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promised to take a “fresh look” at the federal agency’s relationship with recreational anglers, the Interim Report threatens to fast-track sweeping reforms for the management of resources in federal waters, but fails to recognize – or even mention – the conservation, economic or social contributions of recreational angling.

Coalition letter to White House Council on Environmental Quality on National Oceans Policy

Posted on July 15, 2009

Ultimately, anglers, boaters and other sportsmen and women are the most significant funding sources for conservation and recreation in this country. Angler participation and the equipment and fishing licenses they purchase are crucial to conservation management in the United States.