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Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. Commandant U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant's Perspective The Marine Safety & Security Council of the United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Frederick J. Kenney Judge Advocate General Chairman Mr. Jeff Lantz Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Member Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown Assistant Commandant for Response Policy Member Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Member Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck Assistant Commandant for Resources, Chief Financial Ofﬁcer Member Rear Admiral Steven Poulin Director for Governmental and Public Affairs Member Captain Jonathan Burton Director of Inspections and Compliance Member Mr. William R. Grawe (Acting) Director of National Pollution Funds Center Member Mr. Gary C. Rasicot Director of Marine Transportation Systems Management Member Vacant Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy Member Commander Michael Cavallaro Executive Secretary 4 by VICE ADMIRAL PETER V. NEFFENGER U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations On July 19, 2010, the president signed Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes. This directive, which did not create any new regulations or authorities, called for federal agencies to participate in support of the concept of marine planning and established the National Ocean Council to lead the nation's efforts. The executive order also directed federal agencies to improve how the federal government manages ocean uses and conducts business with stakeholders along the nation's coasts and the Great Lakes. The beneﬁts of an improved federal approach to address the diversity, tempo, scope, and gravity of ocean activities are clear. Indeed, this initiative did not come a moment too soon. We once acted as though the sea in all its vastness could provide unlimited resources and absorb and clean up all manner of pollution from vessels, land, air, and intentional dumping. Moreover, we responded to maritime safety and security concerns with targeted approaches that addressed discrete threats and focused on key facilities. Today, however, we know better. As we carefully consider activities that depend on the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes, we do so in the context of a more complex and vulnerable seascape than we have ever known before. Rising sea levels, the effects of warming ocean waters, changes in the abundance and distribution of species, and increasing acidiﬁcation are all forcing agents that will guide our future use of the ocean. On our coasts, the population continues to increase, along with development in ﬂood-prone areas, placing new demands on vulnerable and often antiquated infrastructure. And on the Great Lakes, changing precipitation regimes, the introduction of exotic and invasive species, and the maintenance of our inland waterways demand our attention. In the face of these challenges, we must draw upon the full complement of available tools and capabilities to ensure that marine resources are used in a sustainable manner. The National Ocean Council's Implementation Plan, released this past April, calls for marine planning to deal with these challenges more effectively. The implementation plan describes the speciﬁc actions federal agencies will take to address key ocean challenges, including growing the ocean economy, advancing ocean science, addressing threats to an increasing coastal population, and conserving the natural resources we rely on for our economy, security, and quality of life. It reﬂects two years of extensive public and stakeholder input, including public listening and outreach sessions held across the continental United States, and in Alaska and Hawaii. Stakeholder and public participation continues to be an important component of marine planning to ensure it is based on a full understanding of the range of interests, conditions, and interactions in each region. The Coast Guard is committed to advancing the National Ocean Policy and supporting marine planning. We hope that readers of Proceedings will ﬁnd this issue interesting and worthwhile. Proceedings Fall 2013 www.uscg.mil/proceedings