Witnesses urge Law of Sea ratification


  • Sarah Zielinski


To better manage the nations oceans, the United States should establish a national ocean policy and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, several witnesses testified at a 3 August hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcomittee on National Ocean Policy Study.

“Our oceans are in crisis,” said Leon Panetta, co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Panetta cited several issues threatening oceans, including ocean acidification, increasing amounts of pollution, lost wetlands, depleted fisheries, invasive species, and a fragmented U.S. governance system.