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May 14, 2004 Press Statement

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
Extends Comment Deadline to June 4, 2004

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy today announced that it has extended the public comment period on its Preliminary Report to June 4, 2004. The extension applies to governors and all other stakeholders.

In making the announcement, the Commission underscored its intention to move ahead, beginning in late May, with its internal process for analyzing comments and presenting a Final Report to the President and Congress this summer.

The comment period on the Commission's Preliminary Report represents only one of several opportunities that governors and other stakeholders have had, and will continue to have, to express their views on the development of a national ocean policy. The Commission's 15 public meetings, including nine regional hearings, provided an initial opportunity for input and over 440 individuals participated in those forums. Further, in the 90-day period after receiving the Commissionís Final Report, the President is directed by the Oceans Act of 2000 to consult with state and local governments, and other non-Federal interests, prior to submitting to Congress his statement of proposals to implement or respond to the Commissionís recommendations.

The Commission urges all states and stakeholders to provide their comments as quickly as possible to allow ample time for review and consideration of their comments.

Scott Treibitz 703/276-2772 ext.11
David Roscow 703/276-2772 ext. 21
Kate Naughten 202/309-5476



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