NEWS AN D Notes Updat e o n th e Yea r o f th e Ocea n Groups, an informal group of 17 federal agencies with To increase awareness of human impacts on the ocean interests, in promoting YOTO. The Ocean Prin- world's oceans and the many resources that the ocean cipals Group is coordinating and promoting the fol- supplies, the United Nations has named 1998 as the lowing themes: maritime transportation; national se- Year of the Ocean (YOTO). curity; marine environmental quality; recreation and Legislation aimed at creating a unified national tourism; and weather, climate, and natural hazards. ocean and coastal policy has been introduced in the The Oceans Principals Group has suggested a White House and Senate. The Senate passed S. 1213, the House Conference on Oceans, but no final decision has Oceans Act of 1997, on 13 November 1997. Intro- been made as of press time. duced by Senator Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), the bill NOAA launched an educational campaign in late would establish a National Ocean Council, composed January 1998, complete with posters, handouts, and of representatives from federal agencies that address public service announcements. A Web site has been ocean issues, to develop a
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1998
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