Legislation would establish commission to assess marine and coastal resources and develop national ocean policy


  • Randy Showstack


During 1998, internationally designated as the year of the ocean, perhaps more people are paying heed to the deep seas now than ever before.

Transfixed to the big screen by this year's movie blockbuster, they anticipate when the Titanic will scrape into the iceberg and break apart, shiver when household-name heartthrobs Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet float on the freezing waters, and hum along to the theme sung by Celine Dion.