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National Ocean Policy The Marine Planning Implementation Subgroup Managing the challenges to make marine planning a reality. by MS. ROBIN FITCH Marine Planning Implementation Subgroup Co-Chair Director of Marine Resources and At Sea Policy Department of the Navy DR. JOHN T. OLIVER Marine Planning Implementation Subgroup Co-Chair Senior Ocean Policy Advisor U.S. Coast Guard The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are national assets of tremendous value. They support millions of jobs,promotesafeandeffcientglobaltrade,sustain emerging offshore industries, support our culture, and provide a wide range of environmental services, security benefits, and recreational opportunities. However, our coasts and ocean waters are vulnerable to resource overuse, habitat degradation, sea-level "[K]nowledge of the oceans … is more than a curiosity; our very survival may hinge on it." —President John F. Kennedy. Copyrighted image. 16 Proceedings Fall 2013 rise,oceanacidifcation,varioussourcesofpollution, and extreme weather events. Fortunately, the president's National Ocean Policy contains a clear vision for dealing with these challenges. Other articles in this issue support marine planning as one of the most important tools to promote ocean stewardship. The interagency marine planning implementation subgroup monitors the progress on National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan actions related to marine planning and provides expertise and guidance to those seeking to make marine planning a reality. Interagency Ocean Policy Collaboration Interagency collaboration to develop and implement ocean policy has a long history. In 1966, Congress established the Stratton Commission, seeking to improve coordination for federal ocean-related activities. The 1969 Stratton Report had an unprecedentedinfuenceonthefederalmarinepoliciesand prioritiesofthetime,andthecommission'sfndings led to the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Clean Water Act and provided the impetus to create the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. www.uscg.mil/proceedings