The National Ocean Policy Coalition provided the below today. The fact sheet provides several key components of the Executive Order.
- Promotes a strong ocean economy by rolling back excessive and unnecessary bureaucracy created by 2010 order, including elimination of Regional Planning Bodies, and reducing regulatory uncertainty
- Promotes expanded access by states, businesses, and the public to federal data and information, and maximizes taxpayer dollars by coordinating priority research
- Empowers states by eliminating duplicative federal bureaucracy and supporting appropriate federal engagement with Regional Ocean Partnerships, pursuant to the scope described in the order
- Ocean Policy Committee will streamline federal coordination on ocean policy, with a focus on growing the ocean economy, prioritizing scientific research, coordinating resources and data sharing, and engaging with stakeholders
While several members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee expressed concern with the order and requested an oversight hearing (Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA), Donald Beyer (D-VA), Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Jim Costa D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) welcomed the order in the following statement:
“Today’s announcement of President Trump repealing and replacing the bureaucratic, overreaching policy created under the previous administration puts our country’s ocean policy back on the right track. Over the past 10 years, the Committee has held dozens of hearings on heavy-handed Obama-era policies and the negative impacts they have caused on both the nation’s oceans and agricultural industries. Earlier this month, the Committee heard from Americans whose livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean economy and the prior administration’s ocean policy was one of their main challenges. President Trump’s action will help the health of our oceans and ensure local communities impacted by ocean policy have a seat at the table.”