Joint Initiative News
Joint Initiative Leadership Council Welcomes New Members
The Joint Initiative is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its bipartisan Leadership Council:
- Dr. Donald Boesch – Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
- The Honorable Norman Dicks – Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman; former U.S. House of Representatives Member for Washington State’s 6th District
- Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, U.S. Navy (Ret.) – CEO, GeoOptics, Inc.; former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
- Dr. Jane Lubchenco – Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University; former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
- Mr. John Pappalardo – Executive Director, Cape Cod
Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance; former Chair of the New
England Fishery Management Council
The new members bring extraordinary expertise and diverse
perspectives to the Joint Initiative as it works to catalyze
meaningful ocean policy reform and action at the national,
regional, and state levels.
For more information, please read the press statement
Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:
- Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
- Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
- Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
- Improve Arctic research and management
If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority.
These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
American Association of Port Authorities | September 2013 Webinar
September 12, 2013
The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative held a webinar for AAPA
members that focused on the intersection between ports and ocean
management. The webinar concentrated on recommendations in the
Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans report
that are of particular interest to AAPA members, including:
- Enhancing coastal resiliency to changing conditions. Rising ocean levels pose significant risks to important port facilities. Being proactive and innovative in developing ways to protect against these threats is necessary; this includes both boosting natural features and improving built infrastructure.
- Promoting ocean renewable energy. Many members are already involved in handling cargoes for or installing, alternative energy systems such as wind, solar, wave and liquefied natural gas facilities. As these industries grow, so too will the role ports play in renewable energy development and transportation.
- Addressing Arctic research and
management. As the Arctic sea ice melts, it opens up new shipping
routes. These opportunities come with challenges that may have
significant impacts on some ports.
View the presentation here.
Oceans and coasts
are severely threatened, domestically and around the world. The Joint Initiative’s primary goal is to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform. The Joint Initiative brings extraordinary expertise, perspective, and diversity of interests to the ocean policy dialogue. The Joint Initiative works with people and organizations at the national, regional, state, and local levels to build durable support for ocean policy reform at all levels of decision making. Through its work the Joint Initiative seeks to expand our collective understanding of the threats facing our oceans and to enable actions that address them so that our oceans remain vibrant and healthy for current and future generations.