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In its mid-term report issued on 24 September, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy paints a bleak picture of the oceans and marine resources.

Among the concerns are dramatic increases in population and pollution along shorelines, which indicate that the management of U.S. coastal areas is inadequate. Other problems outlined include outdated and under-utilized ocean and coastal observing and prediction systems, jurisdictional and legal confusion and ambiguity about coastal laws, and a lack of public awareness about threats to oceans.