[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 109 (Thursday, June 6, 2013)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 33961-33962]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13547]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2013 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8991 of May 31, 2013

National Oceans Month, 2013

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                From providing food and energy to helping sustain our 
                climate and our security, the oceans play a critical 
                role in nearly every part of our national life. They 
                connect us to countries around the world, and support 
                transportation and trade networks that grow our 
                economy. For millions of Americans, our coasts are also 
                a gateway to good jobs and a decent living. All of us 
                have a stake in keeping the oceans, coasts, and Great 
                Lakes clean and productive--which is why we must manage 
                them wisely not just in our time, but for generations 
                to come.

                Rising to meet that test means addressing threats like 
                overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Alongside 
                partners at every level of government and throughout 
                the private sector, my Administration is taking up that 
                task. Earlier this year, we finalized a plan to turn 
                our National Ocean Policy into concrete actions that 
                protect the environment, streamline Federal operations, 
                and promote economic growth. The plan charts a path to 
                better decision-making through science and data 
                sharing, and it ensures tax dollars are spent more 
                efficiently by reducing duplication and cutting red 
                tape. Best of all, it puts stock in the American 
                people--drawing on their knowledge and empowering 
                communities to bring local solutions to the challenges 
                we face.

                By making smart choices in ocean management, we can 
                give our businesses the tools they need to thrive while 
                protecting the long-term health of our marine 
                ecosystems. Let us mark this month by renewing those 
                goals, reinvesting in our coastal economies, and 
                recommitting to good stewardship in the years ahead.

                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 2013 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 
                thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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