The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following:
(a) It is the policy of the State of California to do the following:
(1) Assess the long-term values and benefits of the conservation and development of
ocean resources and uses with the objective of restoring or maintaining the health
of the ocean ecosystem and ensuring the proper management of renewable and nonrenewable
(2) Encourage ocean resources development which is environmentally sound, sustainable,
and economically beneficial.
(3) Provide for efficient and coordinated resources management in state and federal
(4) Assert the interests of this state in cooperation with federal agencies in the
sound management of ocean resources.
(5) Promote research, study, and understanding of ocean processes and resources to
acquire the scientific information necessary to understand the ocean ecosystem and
life-support systems and the relationships of ocean development activities and associated
impacts on ocean and coastal resources of the state and adjacent zones of federal
(6) Encourage research and development of innovative, environmentally compatible marine
technologies for protection, exploration, and utilization of ocean resources.
(b) It is further the policy of the State of California to develop and maintain an
ocean resources planning and management program to promote and ensure coordinated
management of federal resources and uses with those in state waters, and with adjacent
states, to ensure effective participation in federal planning and management of ocean
resources and uses which may affect this state, and to coordinate state agency management
of ocean resources with local government management of coastal zone uses and resources
above the mean high tide line.
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