'U.S. Needs a New Conservation Plan for Our Oceans'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today regarding the release of a preliminary report by
the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the first federal review of
ocean policy in 35 years:
request of Congress, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy spent the
last three years studying the state of our oceans. The report is
not encouraging. Many of the world's ocean ecosystems that are so
vital to our nation's economy and quality of life are unhealthy
and getting worse. Many fishstocks are in crisis. Pollution, overfishing,
and habitat destruction are some of the problems straining our ocean's
capacity to sustain healthy ocean wildlife.
is the second high-level commission in a year to conclude that the
U.S. needs a new conservation plan for our oceans. In a remarkably
similar verdict 10 months ago, the Pew Oceans Commission said our
oceans are in peril.
time Congress mandated such a high-level review of the state of
our nation's oceans, the Stratton Commission of 35 years ago, it
led to the creation of National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration
and much of our current thinking about oceans. This new report has
the same magnitude and demands the same level of response. Congress
and the President need to take its recommendations and develop a
new, comprehensive national ocean policy with conservation of our
oceans as the first priority."