We must continue the
critical dialogue that has begun and build together across party,
regional, economic, and other interests a comprehensive oceans
agenda for the 21st century. . . . We have to make this an American
issue that transcends party and other philosophical differences,
that is at the core of our own humanity and our obligation to
our children and our grandchildren.
At the National Ocean Conference last year in Monterey, California, President Clinton directed the United States Cabinet to report back with recommendations for a comprehensive ocean policy to guide U.S. federal efforts in the 21st century. In a report presented September 2, 1999 to Vice President Al Gore, entitled "Turning to the Sea: American's Ocean Future," the Cabinet recommends nearly 150 actions in 25 key areas to protect, restore, and explore America's ocean resources.
To oversee implementation of the Cabinet recommendations, the Vice President announced a new high-level Oceans Report Task Force. The Task Force will prioritize the recommendations, appoint lead agencies for implementation of key recommendations, and meet quarterly to review progress. The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Deputy National Security Advisor and will include high-level representatives of federal agencies with responsibility for ocean affairs.
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