According to an Oct. 13 letter from the Executive Office of the President, Cochran will serve a two-year term as the “local government representative” on the Governance Coordinating Committee, assisting “the National Ocean Council’s policy development process.”
“I’d like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council for their collaborative efforts working with my office to gather the most pertinent ocean issues currently impacting our state. I hope that the work I am about to do at the federal level will highlight those concerns and bring needed attention and assistance to our great state.”
President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13547 in 2010 to create the national policy for “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and Great Lakes” and establish the National Ocean Council. The mission of the National Ocean Council is to foster communication among all levels of government, save taxpayer dollars by eliminating waste and reduce the conflict and inefficiency resulting from implementation of nearly 100 different laws, policies and regulations affecting the oceans.