In 2003 and 2004 two important reports on the health of our oceans were issued by two very different groups - The Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. The conclusions and recommendations of both reports were remarkably similar. You can read the reports and learn more about efforts to implement the recommendations at the following links:
On June 7th, 2011 the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website.
Surfrider Foundation published a series of "Ocean Revolution" articles in the April 2006, Summer 2006, late Summer 2006 and December 2006 issues of Making Waves that discuss how the findings and recommendations of the Ocean Reports translate into local issues and actions to protect our coasts.