The National Ocean Policy is here…but will it stay?

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The National Ocean Policy is here...but will it stay?



This past week, two of the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) Ocean Ambassador (OA) Candidate’s, Danielle Duncan and Kara Wiggin attended the Healthy Oceans Coalition’s National Ocean Policy Advocacy Training in Savannah, GA. They learned how to be advocates of the National Ocean Policy to their local representatives and the public. 

​The other trainees included members from the Sierra Club, the Conservation Law Foundation, Island Institute, Ocean Conservation Research, Surfrider, and others. COCO's OA Candidates were invited to attend on behalf of COCO.  Kara and Danielle were the only two inland representatives that participated! With this upcoming election year, the National Ocean Policy (NOP) may be at risk. 

Since the NOP was passed as an Executive Order by President Obama, a new 2016 president has the power to overturn it. But, the NOP's plan is strong and has the potential to be enforced within the states, with or without the executive order. ​​

In July 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing an integrated National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes, know as the National Ocean Policy (NOP). The NOP provides a framework to better coordinate and integrate the 140 laws and 20+ agencies that currently manage our ocean and its invaluable resources. The NOP creates collaborative opportunities for federal and state agencies to work together, uses science-based decision-making, and allows stakeholders a voice. The NOP is good for the environment AND good for the economy.     The NOP creates a set of nine priority objectives and management actions:

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  1. Ecosystem-Based Management: Adopt ecosystem-based management as a foundational principle for comprehensive management of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.
  2. Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: Implement comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem based coastal and marine spatial planning and management in the United States.
  3. Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding: Increase knowledge to continually inform and improve management and policy decisions and the capacity to respond to change and challenges. Better educate the public through formal and informal programs about the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.
  4. Coordinate and Support: Better coordinate and support Federal, State, tribal, local, and regional management of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Improve coordination and integration across the Federal Government and, as appropriate, engage with the international community.
  5. Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification: Strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification.
  6. Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration: Establish and implement an integrated ecosystem protection and restoration strategy that is science-based and aligns conservation and restoration goals at the Federal, state, tribal, local and regional levels.
  7. Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land: Enhance water quality in the ocean, along our coasts, and in the Great Lakes by promoting and implementing sustainable practices on land.
  8. Changing Conditions in the Arctic: Address environmental stewardship needs in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent coastal areas in the face of climate-induced and other environmental changes.
  9. Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping, and Infrastructure: Strengthen and integrate Federal and non-Federal ocean observing systems, sensors, data collection platforms, data management, and mapping capabilities into a national system, and integrate that system into international observation efforts.

Support the National Ocean Policy!

“Take the DYPP” With COCO This Winter!

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February has been a busy month for COCO and the Ocean Ambassadors between working on OA projects and setting up for some fun events!

Film Festival Flix – “North of the Sun” Screening 
On February 18th, there was a live screening in Denver of this film, where our Ocean Ambassador Kelsey Bartling participated in a live discussion following the screening.  You can still watch ‘North of the Sun’ when you purchase an all event pass for the Online Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, which will run throughout the month of February (You still have one day left to stream over 40 films!). To register for your pass, sign up at Click on Mountain and Adventure Film Festival and COCO will receive a 25% donation of your pass purchase, when you enter the code “OCEAN.”

Blue Drinks  
This month’s event was held at the Hotel Boulderado and COCO supporters shared with us their love for the ocean! Check out the photos from this fun event here!  

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Mark your calendars:
March 15th- Stream clean up!
COCO has adopted a portion of Boulder Creek between 30th and Folsom in Boulder. Ocean Ambassador, Jeff Radwick coordinated this project and will be holding monthly clean-ups and riparian restoration projects. The next cleanup will be March 15 and we will have a barbecue after at Rocky Mountain Anglers. Learn more about the event here!



OA_Audrey_Tobin-df70779f5a8075a95fe2296bf4ec62f3Ocean Ambassador Audrey Tobin is working on a unique pledge that asks people to actively help the state of the oceans both from their home and while on vacation. Learn more about this pledge below.

 How did you get involved with COCO OA Program?

“I heard about the OA program from my boss, Steve Weaver. He has always been involved with the Colorado Ocean Coalition and I had been to Making Waves (link) two years in a row. I knew that COCO was a reputable organization with a great mission, so I applied! I am so happy I was accepted.”

What was your favorite part of the program?

“My favorite part was definitely the time we spent in class. Being around a group of like-minded individuals all striving to achieve a common goal is always exhilarating.”

Tell me about your OA Project. 

“My OA project is called “Take the DYPP.”  DYPP stands for “Do Your Part Pledge”. I am asking individuals to pledge to actively help the state of the oceans by pledging to do certain things while on dive vacations or at home. There is a one-page guide that gives people some tips on what they can do in order to help protect the oceans. People can then sign and tell us what they are going to do to help. “Take The DYPP” will be launching on and very soon, so make sure to check it out!”

Check back in March for more COCO news and events!