We often discuss how policy makers fail to give little or no consideration to our issues. In June, the Obama Administration created the Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce under the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). It is important for us to note that "preserving our maritime heritage" is identified as part of the National Policy.
The Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce web site link is: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans/. This site offers an on-line opportunity to provide comment to the Taskforce. We should take this opportunity to provide some input on issues that are important to us.
For example, one issue that needs to be addressed is the lack of federal protections for cultural resources on the EEZ. This will be critical with new and expanding federal legislation supporting alternative energy project, and especially as more States consider allowing oil exploration and alternative energy projects off their shores,
I encourage you to visit this site and provide input on cultural heritage issues.
Victor Mastone,Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeology