San Diego Law Review


Don Walsh

Library of Congress Authority File


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The question of whether or not the United States has an operative, deliberate national ocean policy is generating increasing concern among statesmen, scholars, and others concerned with out future role in the uses of ocean space. In short, does this nation conduct its ocean affairs with the same planning and deliberation as its foreign affairs? While many believe this nation has a perfectly adequate national ocean policy, it is the basic proposition of this Article, that, in fact, this is not the case and what passes for national ocean policy is actually a rather uncoordinated grouping of special interests competing for finite resources and policy support, often at the expense of each other. It is a further proposition of this Article that in order for the United States to proceed in a logical and open-ended manner toward full uses of ocean space, it will be necessary for some continuing framework of national ocean policy to be established at the highest levels of Government, in both the executive and legislative branches.