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.