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Images: A Sea Change in National Ocean Policy?

In 2000, President Bill Clinton (seen here with former WHOI President Bob Gagosian) came to Martha's Vineyard to sign the Oceans Act of 2000. The legislation established a national commission to develop recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy. (Photo by Susan Gagosian)

Adm. James Watkins was chairman of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and now co-chairs the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative with Leon Panneta (below). Watkins is a former U.S. chief of naval operations and secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. (Photo courtesy of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative)

Leon Panetta was chairman of the Pew Oceans Commission and now co-chairs the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative with Adm. James Watkins (above). Panetta is a former U.S. representative and chief of staff for President Clinton. (Photo courtesy of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative)