Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Federal Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Public Hearing

WHERE:      New Orleans Aquarium at the Audubon Nature Center, Entergy IMAX Theater New Orleans, LA

WHEN         October 19, 2009 ‐ 3:30 pm‐7:00 pm

Our oceans and coasts are beautiful environments and economic engines that provide valuable jobs, food, recreation, and energy resources. Yet more than 140 different and often‐conflicting laws govern our oceans, and this allows poor management and environmental harm. To help overcome the challenges faced by our oceans and coasts – including pollution, habitat loss, overfishing and climate change – we need one unifying national policy.
On June 12th, the President created a 23‐member interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to develop a first‐ever national ocean policy. The Task Force is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes.

On October 19th, we need to come together to urge President Obama to issue an Executive Order that protects special ocean places and establishes national ocean policy that protects, maintains, and restores our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. This is the best opportunity to get what we need for a healthy Gulf. Be there!

We need a national policy that protects wild fish populations and restores wildlife populations, protects ocean wildlife habitats, cleans up our waterways and reduces the impacts of climate change. The Task Force has planned six listening sessions around the nation to gather public input and expert opinion, and October 19th is the only Gulf Region session.

Transportation to and from the event available!

Contact Raleigh Hoke by email or 504-525-1528, ext. 204 to join the effort to create a national ocean policy that truly protects our oceans, coasts and wildlife.

For information on the Interagency Ocean policy Task Force and its Interim Report go to: http://www.whitehouse.gove/administration/eop/ceq/intiatives/oceans/

For more background and information about the Coalition for Oceans and Greta Lakes check out: https://sites.google.com/site/healthyoceansandlakes/home

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