Contrary to assertions in the recent op-ed, it is also important to note that a pause in National Ocean Policy implementation would not deprive the federal government of its ability to carry out work related to existing and authorized programs such as those related to marine debris. In fact, the bill to which the amendment was added specifically appropriates funding for such activities.
By ensuring that resources are not redirected away from authorized programs and activities that address coastal and marine issues, a time-out in National Ocean Policy implementation will protect efforts to ensure economically and ecologically productive oceans, coasts and lakes.
It will also provide an opportunity for citizens, communities, businesses and elected officials at all levels to better understand the implications of the new regulatory structure, actions and zoning plan directed to be implemented under the executive order.
Kathy Fosmark is co-chairwoman of the Monterey, Calif.-based Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries.