Regulatory Brief

 National Ocean Council - National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan (January 2012)


Formal title: Executive Order [13547 - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes] National Ocean Council - National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan

This notice announces the availability of the draft document National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan).


Brief Description:

The draft Implementation Plan describes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security. The National Ocean Policy describes a clear set of priority objectives, listed below, that our Nation should pursue to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes:

  • Ecosystem-Based Management
  • Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding
  • Observations, Mapping, and Infrastructure
  • Coordinate and Support
  • Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration
  • Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification
  • Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land
  • Changing Conditions in the Artic
  • Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

AVMA Response:

The AVMA applauds the National Ocean Council (NOC) adoption within the Implementation Plan of ecosystem-based management (EBM). Collectively, animals and people breathe the same air, drink the same water, and eat from the same source of plant and animal food products. Therefore, what affects the air and water for people, also affects the air and water of pets, livestock, and diverse wildlife species. This interdependence of all animal life creates a common interest in ecosystem health and preserving biodiversity among veterinarians and may other disciplines, including wildlife and marine biologists, physicians, ecologists, environmental scientists, and several others.

EBM is similar to One Health, which is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to be key players in the field of environmental quality and ecosystem health.

Background Documents:

February 27, 2012 - Full AVMA Response (PDF)

January 18, 2012 - Federal Register Notice (PDF)

CEQ's webpage on the Implementation Plan

The draft Implementation Plan (PDF)

Relevant AVMA Policies