For World Ocean Day, Share Your Ideas with the National Ocean Council at a Listening Session Near You

  • Published on June 9th, 2011

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by Andy Lipsky

Experts from the National Ocean Council’s 27 Federal agencies and offices have been busy drafting strategic action plans to achieve nine national priority objectives that address some of the most pressing challenges facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  Having already received your initial comments before we got started, we’d now like to hear from you again—this time with your thoughts on the strategic action plan outlines we’ve developed. That’s why we’re hosting a dozen Regional Listening Sessions at this still-early stage of the drafting process.  The strategic action plan outlines will be released in early June for a 30-day public comment period during which you will have the chance to chime in at one of the 12 Regional Listening Sessions or via the Web through a public comment portal.

Can’t make it to an event in person? You can do it online – the Chicago session will be done as a webinar. Register here.

Here are the dates and locations for the listening sessions:

Identifying the critical actions our national stewardship requires will take cooperation across all levels of government and stakeholder communities. Stay tuned for more information on how to comment on these outlines, and we hope to see you at one of the listening sessions!

Andy Lipsky is an Ocean Policy Advisor at the National Ocean Council

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(Image: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. Credit: Pterantula via Wikimedia Commons.)

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