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The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s report in 2004 outlined a “blueprint” for improving ocean research, conservation, management, and education (U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, 2004). In the years since its release numerous steps have been taken in the direction of the stated objectives while others are still woefully lacking. I personally believe that most, if not all, of the goals of the report will be achieved in one way or another- it’s the issue of expediency that’s the problem. Many of the issues addressed by the report need immediate attention but currently most action is tied up in legislative red tape that is hindering further progress. For example, plans to establish a National Oceans Advisor to the President, the Ocean Policy Trust Fund, to formally authorize NOAA in the Department of Commerce, strengthen coastal and watershed management, decrease non-point source water pollution, and reform fisheries management are all bills that are currently in various phases of the ratification process (“Summary of Key Ocean Bills”, 2007). The issue concerning the ratification of the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty is still being largely ignored. The greatest gains seem to have been made on the recommendations of regional ocean
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