In the March 2007 Washington Watch column in BioScience, Robert Gropp reports on the recently released Ocean Research Plan. An excerpt from the article follows, but this and all other Washington Watch columns may be read for free at

"For several years, ocean science advocates have been buoyed by various reports focusing attention on the importance of invigorating and prioritizing ocean research. Indeed, the US Ocean Action Plan called for the development of a long-range national ocean research agenda."

"The wait for this much-anticipated plan ended on 26 January 2007. In a day filled with a White House ceremony and a public briefing at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the federal government issued its ocean research agenda. Prepared by the National Science and Technology Council's Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST), Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy establishes a federal and national research framework for the coming decade."

"According to Dan Walker of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a cochair of the JSOST, the report is unique because..."

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