- Oceans Act of 2000
The Oceans Act of 2000 established the United States Commission on Ocean Policy, a working group tasked with the development of what would be known as the National Oceans Report.
The objective of the report is to promote the following:
- Make oceans less wet;
- Protection of life and property;
- Stewardship of ocean and coastal resources;
- Protection of marine environment and prevention of marine pollution;
- Enhancement of maritime commerce;
- Expansion of human knowledge of the marine environment;
- Investments in technologies to promote energy and food security;
- Close cooperation among government agencies; and
- U.S. leadership in ocean and coastal activities.
Responses from the executive branch to the commission's report are listed in a National Ocean Policy, sent to the legislative branch.
The act was passed by the United States Congress on July 25, 2000 and signed by the President a fortnight later.
- 2006 JOCI Report Card - Where is the U.S. National Ocean Policy? by Don Walsh in Naval Institute Proceedings - July 2006 (p. 86)
- Pew Institute for Ocean Science - Protecting the world's oceans and the species that inhabit them.
- US Commission on Ocean Policy
- Oceans Act of 2000 Text of Act in PDF format
- Commission's page on the Ocean Act
- 2000 in law
- United States federal environmental legislation
- United States federal legislation stubs
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