Commission Working Groups
At its inaugural meeting on September 17-18, 2001, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy established four Working Groups to address issues in the areas of:
Working Groups were charged with reviewing and analyzing
issues within their specific area of focus and reporting on their findings
to the full Commission.
Groups played a vital role in maximizing the effectiveness of the regional
public meetings and identifying key issues to be addressed by the Commission
during its fact-finding and deliberative phases, which ran from September
2001 through April 2003. Group members ensured that in each region visited,
the Commission heard presentations on a balanced and wide-ranging set
of topics and elicited the information necessary to respond to the requirements
put forth in the Oceans Act of 2000.
the information gathered at the public meetings, the Working Groups
identified and reviewed key issues, outlined options for addressing
the issues and determined the need for white paper development to provide
more detailed information on specific topics. The information-gathering
and discussions carried on by each Group were shared among the other
Groups throughout the deliberation process to ensure thorough integration
and coordination in developing the final Commission report and recommendations.