The Pacific Island Networkby Thomas L. Laughlin, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Susan Ware, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Abstract: The United States has many years of experience and expertise in the management of marine and coastal resources. However, the responsibility for marine and coastal resource management is spread among the many federal and state agencies. The institutional vagaries of the U.S. system can make delivery of technical assistance across the spectrum of marine and coastal resource management a complicated undertaking. The Pacific Island Network (PIN) is an example of a coordinated effort to provide this expertise. In this case, the network was created to fulfill the United States' obligations to the U.S.-affiliated islands of the Pacific. Through the coordinated effort of a network of U.S. Federal agencies, the United States provides technical assistance in marine and coastal resource management to the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands.
Subject Headings: Resource management | Islands | Coastal management | Federal government | Natural resources | Oceanography | North America | United States
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