So why are lawmakers in Washington trying to stop them?
These attacks need to stop. Congress and constituents must work together to ensure natural resources are used efficiently so coastal economies flourish now and in the future. We all want an ocean that is healthy and can be sustainably developed, and the National Ocean Policy is merely a way to accomplish this more effectively.
Emily Woglom is director of government relations for Ocean Conservancy.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.