NMMA applauds U.S. Commission On Ocean Policy’s report

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) applauds the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy for its intensive commitment and dedication to addressing the issues and challenges facing our oceans, it reported in a statement earlier this week.

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, authorized by Congress in 2000 and appointed by President Bush in 2001, has released its Preliminary Report, which recommends extensive changes to the way the nation approaches ocean management, according to NMMA.

The report outlines a series of regulatory and legislative reforms that would alter federal oceans policy on a broad range of issues, including marine resource stewardship, commercial and recreational fisheries management, commerce and transportation, scientific exploration, and coastal development.

NMMA says it plans to undertake a comprehensive review of the 198 recommendations contained in the 500-page report, many of which directly impact the recreational marine industry and the American boating community.

“This report is the culmination of a long overdue and Herculean effort. It serves as a great starting place for much needed, rich dialogue in an area of importance to all Americans,” stated Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government relations. “Although it will take a few days to digest the over 500-page report, there are certain recommendations NMMA can embrace immediately.”

These include:

  • U.S. ratification of the United Nations Law of the Sea treaty (UNCLOS);
  • more funding for research to ensure the use of sound science when managing ocean programs;
  • development of incentive programs to encourage broader use of pump-outs, marine sanitation devices and the new, quieter, cleaner engine technology; and
  • the recommendation that Congress provide the U.S. Coast Guard with more resources to further strengthen the vessel inspection program for marine safety and environmental protection.
  • Stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit public comments on the Commission’s report from April 20 to May 21, 2004. NMMA said it will submit comments during this period and encourages the boating community to review the report and submit comments directly to the commission or through NMMA.

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