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Admiral James Watkins lays the groundwork for a national oceans policy

Last year, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy finished a report four years in the making, calling for a broad review of how the federal government manages overfishing, water pollution and other issues. Admiral James Watkins, chairman of the commission and president emeritus at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, explains why the White House needs to take the lead on ocean policy and present an integrated oceans budget to Congress. Watkins also weighs in on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and ecosystem-based management.