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Ocean Policy and the Trump Administration

April 2017

Citation: ELR 10287

Author: David Roche, Addie Haughey, Mike LeVine, Pete Stauffer, Xiao Recio-Blanco, Laura Cantral

Each presidential election brings the possibility of large-scale changes in environmental policy. Pres. Donald Trump has not explicitly laid out ocean policies for his new administration, but he has provided some clues; these policies ultimately will be important for the ecological and economic health of the United States and the world. On December 9, 2016, ELI convened a panel of experts to discuss some key ocean issues that the Trump Administration will face. This Dialogue presents a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

David Roche (moderator) is a Staff Attorney at ELI. Addie Haughey is Associate Director of Government Relations at the Ocean Conservancy. Mike LeVine is Pacific Senior Counsel for Oceana. Pete Stauffer is the Environmental Director of the Surfrider Foundation. Xiao Recio-Blanco is Director of the Ocean Program at ELI. Laura Cantral is a Partner at Meridian Institute.

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