Repeal of National Ocean Policy Prioritizes Resource Exploitation Over Healthy Oceans

Rollback of executive order reverses a popular, widely lauded policy

Photo by Sydney Moyer, CLF Staff

June 19, 2018 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released a statement today in response to the Trump administration’s rollback of the National Ocean Policy, created by executive order under President Obama in 2010. The policy created the groundwork for the Northeast Ocean Plan, New England’s blueprint for commonsense good governance of our ocean resources. Its repeal is an affront to the many federal and state agencies, communities, fishermen, and tribes who have engaged in years of collaborative planning to advance smart decision making about how we use and protect our ocean.

“The repeal of the National Ocean Policy is another attack in the Trump administration’s all-out assault on the nation’s public lands and oceans for the sake of private exploitation and profit,” said Dr. Priscilla Brooks, Director of Ocean Conservation at CLF. “This repeal ignores how smart, science-driven ocean management creates economic, recreational, and environmental benefits. We are incredibly disappointed by this reckless action.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.