(Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.) Chairman and President Emeritus, Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, Washington, D.C. Robert Ballard, Ph.D. Professor of Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Ted A. Beattie President and Chief Executive Officer, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Illinois Lillian Borrone Former Assistant Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey James M. Coleman, Ph.D. Boyd Professor, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University Ann D’Amato Chief of Staff, Office of the City Attorney, Los Angeles, California Lawrence Dickerson President and Chief Operating Officer, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., Texas Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, USN (Ret.) President, Monmouth University, New Jersey Marc J. Hershman Professor, School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington Paul L. Kelly Senior Vice President, Rowan Companies, Inc., Texas Christopher Koch President and Chief Executive Officer, World Shipping Council, Washington, D.C. Frank Muller-Karger, Ph.D. Professor, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida Edward B. Rasmuson Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wells Fargo Bank, Alaska Andrew A. Rosenberg, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire William D. Ruckelshaus Strategic Director, Madrona Venture Group, Seattle, Washington Paul A. Sandifer, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, South Carolina Executive Director Thomas Kitsos, Ph.D. US Commission on Ocean Policy. “AN OCEAN BLUEPRINT FOR THE 21st CENTURY,” http://jointoceancommission.org/documents/USCOP_report.pdf)//BB
A Strengthened and Streamlined Federal Agency Structure. Chapter 7 proposes strengthening, and eventually reorganizing, the federal agency structure for ocean and coastal issues. As the nation’s civilian ocean agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should be strengthened and reconfigured to improve the agency’s ability to carry out its responsibilities. Subsequently, and where necessary and appropriate, related ocean and coastal programs in other agencies should be consolidated. In the long term, more dramatic changes to the federal agency structure are needed that acknowledge the inextricable connections among the sea, land, and air and all of Earth’s living creatures.