Ocean lovers stage “Wear Blue for Oceans” Day

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Conservationists and citizens who care about our oceans and coasts will be wearing blue today to show their support for a new national ocean policy in what is being called, "Wear Blue for Oceans" Day.

In June President Obama called for policy to protect our oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes, which many hope to see finalized in early 2010 and made official through an executive order.

Management of marine resources is determined by 20 different agencies operating under more than 140 laws each with different goals and often conflicting mandates. In public hearings across the nation this fall, the administration heard widespread support for a unified ecosystem-based policy centered on the protection and restoration of the sea's living resources - much like the policy the administration is in the process of creating.

"Wear Blue for Oceans" Day events and rallies will be held in 10 cities across the nation, including San Francisco, New Orleans, Washington, Honolulu, Cambridge, Mass.; Houston, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Anchorage, Alaska. Those who can't attend in person are encouraged to wear blue wherever they are and upload photos of themselves to http://wearblueforoceans.org/.

For information on the national policy, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans.