[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 33603-33604]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13954]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 110 / Thursday, June 7, 2012 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8836 of June 1, 2012

National Oceans Month, 2012

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Our oceans help feed our Nation, fuel our economic 
                engine, give mobility to our Armed Forces, and provide 
                a place for rest and recreation. Healthy oceans, 
                coasts, and waterways are among our most valuable 
                resources--driving growth, creating jobs, and 
                supporting businesses across America. During National 
                Oceans Month, we reaffirm our commitment to the oceans 
                and celebrate the myriad benefits they bring to all 

                From tourism and fishing to international commerce and 
                renewable energy production, coastal and waterside 
                communities help maintain vital sectors of our Nation's 
                economy. Yet, while our livelihoods are inseparable 
                from the health of these natural systems, our oceans 
                are under threat from pollution, coastal development, 
                overfishing, and climate change. That is why I 
                established our first ever comprehensive National Ocean 
                Policy. The Policy lays out a science-based approach to 
                conservation and management, and brings together 
                Federal, State, local, and tribal governments with all 
                those who have a stake in our oceans, coasts, and the 
                Great Lakes--including recreational and commercial 
                fishermen, boaters, offshore and coastal industries, 
                environmental groups, scientists, and the public. 
                Through the Policy, we have already expanded access to 
                information and tools to support ocean planning 
                efforts. Together, I am confident we will sustain these 
                precious ecosystems and the diverse activities they 

                President John F. Kennedy once told us, ``We are tied 
                to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether 
                it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from 
                whence we came.'' During National Oceans Month, let us 
                celebrate our heritage as a seafaring Nation by 
                instilling an ethic of good ocean stewardship in all 

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as National 
                Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to 
                protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and 
                the Great Lakes.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand 
                twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of 
                America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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