Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 25, 2014


The Department of State commends the Global Ocean Commission for its efforts to raise awareness of key challenges facing the world’s ocean. This high-level body has offered some valuable suggestions that support Secretary Kerry’s Action Plan that emerged from the Our Ocean Conference, particularly relating to ending overfishing, cracking down on illegal fishing, and reducing marine pollution. The United States also agrees with the Global Ocean Commission on the need for a “stand-alone” Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean. We appreciate the work of the Global Ocean Commission and look forward to working with the many partners involved in efforts to protect the ocean.