By Chris Mooney | June 15, 2007 3:46 pm

posted by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

Have you heard of OCEANS-21 (H.R. 21) The Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act?

7114933.jpgRep. Sam Farr introduced this Big Oceans Bill in January aka the ‘ocean health’ bill. With 50 cosponsors, it’s building momentum in the House and over 20 members have signed on in just the last 6 weeks.

For those outside the political tinderbox, what does this mean? OCEANS-21 would become the first national oceans policy if passed. It would strengthen NOAA, promote ecosystem-based management, enhance education, information collection, and citizen involvement, and establish an Oceans and Great Lakes Conservation Trust Fund. Good stuff!

Of course, as we all recognize, it’s difficult to predict what will happen. But just think.. the folks who make decisions are thinking and talking ocean policy.. and it’s about time. After all, we are more literally planet ocean than planet earth.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

Comments (5)

  1. We need an ‘Ocean 21’ movie with Clooney et al. Pronto!

  2. Chris Mooney

    Hey, hate to be off topic but….whose picture is that off on the left sidebar? Might it be Sheril? And at this rate, how long can it be until she is actually blogging under her own name?

  3. Emily

    Sheril – I like the picture!

    Does Oceans-21 say anything about the freshwater “oceans” (you know, the sweetwater seas of the Great Lakes)?

  4. Sheril Kirshenbaum

    Well Coturnix,

    So far Clooney appears in these movies every three years and he’s now 46..

    If my math is right, we should expect ‘Oceans 21’ in 2031 finding the famed bachelor at 70 years old. Given Sean Connery is still a leading man at nearly 77, there’s a good probability he’ll be able to carry off the role of Danny Ocean.

    And indeed H.R. 21 is really known as OCEANS 21. I certainly hope we see it move before the movie comes out.

  5. So, we should re-issue a dyslexic version of Oceans 12! Voila!


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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