July 19, 2010
Executive Order 13547 signed by Barack Hussein Obama – The National Ocean Policy (NOP) – replaces management of our waters by science and replaces this with management by politics.
Here is the breakdown of the top-down management as it will occur, as explained by the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Don Hastings.
To quote him:
The increased bureaucracy created by this E.O. is astonishing.
- A new 27-member National Ocean Council (NOC
- An 18-member Governance Coordinating Committee
- 10 National policies
- 9 Regional Planning Bodies (each involving as many as 27 Federal agencies as well as states and tribes;
- 9 National Priority Objectives
- 9 Strategic Action Plans
- 7 National Goals for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning
- 12 Guiding Principles for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning.
In addition, the draft National Ocean Plan Implementation Plan lists more than 100 outcomes, actions and milestones for federal agencies to comply with, beginning in 2011 and 2012.
This executive order has set into motion a system for ‘marine spatial planning’ or the oceans, coastal areas, and the Great lakes – A MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY TO TELL SPORTSMEN THERE THEY CAN AND CANNOT FISH AND WILL REGULATE OTHER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS DRILLING AND AQUACULTURE. This order will likely do nationwide what implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act has done in California: take away public fisheries – a little at the time.
If you live within 1000 miles of the coast or Great Lakes, this power grab will affect you. The language of the NOP allows federal bureaucrats to move as far inland as they ‘deem necessary’ to better protect the oceans and Great Lakes.
South Carolina is working on a resolution that will ‘oppose and refuse to recognize or enforce the coastal and marine spatial plans’ created by the NOC. Other states should follow suit.
This is a federal power grad SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED by the 10th Amendment. I suggest ANYONE who enjoys water sports contact your Congressmen and Congresswomen and your Senators and tell them to oppose any funding of the contents of Executive Order 13547. Rep. John Fleming (R, LA) is one member who says he will continue to oppose funding because existing laws manage fisheries quite well, and ‘we do not need a costly, massive, new, job-destroying layer of bureaucracy to centralize more power in Washington.’ Rep. Doc Hastings (R, WA) is chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and has sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, asking that they include in EVERY bill, specific language to PROHIBIT the use of funds to implement the National Ocean Policy.
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