Critical Oceans Law Passes First Hurdle

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2008) - The legislation known as Oceans-21 (H.R. 21) passed the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans yesterday by a vote of 11 to 3. 
The following is a statement by Roberta Elias, oceans advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“Oceans-21 passing out of subcommittee is a clear sign that Congress is ready to take clear, sensible action to finally protect our oceans and coasts and the resources and economies they support. This vote shows that Oceans-21 has the momentum needed to become the law we desperately need to make sure we have abundant fish and clean beaches for our children and grandchildren.
“Oceans-21 provides the necessary tools for the government to make smarter decisions and take effective actions. It does this by establishing a national ocean vision, providing a way to implement that vision at the federal and regional levels, and putting in place the leaders and funding to do it. When Oceans-21 becomes law, our nation will be a better place and our future more secure.”