The final report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy argues that addressing some of the most pressing coastal and marine policy issues requires developing fundamental information needed to allow policy decisions to be made within an ecosystem based context. The report identified 13 "Critical Actions" that should provide the foundation for a comprehensive national ocean policy that could lead to significant improvements in ocean and coastal management. The following three actions stand out as underscoring the need for broader scientific and technical understanding that is possible through quantitative analysis of the ocean and the processes that shape it: Strengthen the link between coastal and watershed management; create measurable water pollution reduction goals and strengthen incentives, technical assistance, and other management tools to reach those goals; and implement the national Integrated Ocean Observing System. This article serves as an attempt to explore the inherent linkages among the three goals and identify the challenges, and opportunities achieving them will present.


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  • Accession Number: 00989559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 2005 12:00AM