America's oceans will be better protected in the future, thanks to a new ocean protection initiative from US President Obama. The new plan is to create a national ocean council to coordinate and strengthen ocean management, to create spatial planning to organize what we do in the ocean, and the emphasize ecosystem-based management.
That's a lot of bureaucratic hoo-hoo, but the result should be a more careful watch on our normal practice of doing anything anywhere in the free-for-all frontier approach we normally use in our oceans. News reports seem cautious but basically positive, so maybe people are ready for this type of smart ocean use.
Good on Obama, ocean progress!