Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 17 Issue 03

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Volume 17, No. 3
Pages 6 - 11


COMMENTARY • The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy: Why You Should Care, and What You Can Do

By Mel Briscoe, Andy Clark, Pete Jumars, Marcia McNutt, and Jim Yoder 
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The United States Congress formed the Stratton Commission in 1966. In January 1969 the Commission released the seminal document, Our Nation and the Sea. John Knauss was on that commission, and wrote an interesting historical account of it. The report contained 126 recommendations. NOAA was formed as a result, but without the power, stature, and breadth that had been recommended. In all respects, the Stratton Commission greatly affected the field of oceanography, not just in the United States.


Briscoe, M., A. Clark, P. Jumars, M. McNutt, and J. Yoder. 2004. Commentary: The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy—Why you should care, and what you can do. Oceanography 17(3):6–11, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2004.34.

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