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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 26, 2008

Fact Sheet: Protecting Our Oceans
Under President Bush, America's Oceans, Coasts, And Great Lakes Are Cleaner, Healthier, And More Productive

     Fact sheet President Bush Discusses U.S. Ocean Action Plan
     Fact sheet In Focus: Environment

"We have a solemn responsibility to care for our seas and show concern for the plant and animal life that inhabit them. Oceans bring enjoyment and prosperity to countless people, from boating and fishing, to transporting goods, to traveling the waterways.  By being good stewards of the oceans, we can ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the great blessings of our natural heritage."

– President George W. Bush, 6/2/08

Today, President Bush celebrated the opening of the new Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and discussed the Administration's efforts to protect and preserve our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes through wise stewardship and sensible management.  In December 2004, the President released his Ocean Action Plan and created the first ever Cabinet Committee on Ocean Policy.  The Ocean Action Plan promotes an ethic of responsible use and preservation of our oceans and coastal resources.

The President's Ocean Action Plan Will Provide Lasting Benefit To Present And Future Generations

The President Has Protected And Restored Important Marine Habitats

President Bush Promoted A Culture Of Cooperative Conservation And Enhanced International Cooperation To Protect The Ocean Environment All Nations Share

President Bush Expanded Ocean Research And Education Programs To Teach Citizens More About Our Oceans

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