In December 2004, President Bush submitted the "U.S. Ocean Action Plan" to Congress in response to the recommendation made by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. The activities outlined in the Administration’s response will help assure that the benefits we currently derive from our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, will be available to future generations.
The Commission urged the United States to maintain its traditional international leadership role on oceans issues, particularly by acceding to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at the earliest opportunity. The Action Plan emphasizes the importance we continue to place on accession to the treaty, which will serve the interests of the American people. Many of the other actions identified in the Administration’s response will involve working with the international community, including efforts to protect ocean ecosystems, strengthen international ocean science, and work towards sustainable fisheries.
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